Southport’s Tommy Fleetwood pleased with US PGA Championship first round: It was brutal out there
TOMMY FLEETWOOD battled through “brutal” conditions to fire a one under par 70 in the first round of the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in North Carolina yesterday.
After finishing fourth in the US Open, Tommy Fleetwood was one of the favourites for the Open at Royal Birkdale, just a few miles from his home town of Southport, but only finished in a tie of 27th place.
But after carding three birdies and two bogeys yesterday, he said: “I’m very happy. The course is brutal, really. Anything par or beating the course is a great score.
“The course is quite long and then the greens are firm and quite slopey. There’s no let-up, really. It’s just five hours of real tough golf.”
A late rally kept Open winner Jordan Spieth on course to become to become the youngest player after Tiger Woods to complete a career grand slam.
But the 24-year-old American had to recover from three over par with three holes to play to card a one-over-par 72.
Spieth said: “Given it’s the first round I know I’m still in it but I’ve got to make up ground.”
Spanish playing partner and Master champion Sergio Garcia has an even worse time, shooting a four over par 75.
Brits Lee Westwood and Danny Willett were two shots better after both made it round in 73.