RORY MCILROY’S second round birdie-boom has teed up a weekend Battle of Britain with Tommy Fleetwood atop the Players Championship. The Northern Ir
RORY MCILROY’S second round birdie-boom has teed up a weekend Battle of Britain with Tommy Fleetwood atop the Players Championship.
The Northern Irishman’s six birdies and a stunning eagle on the 16th produced an impressive day two 65 – and it sees him tied for the lead with Fleetwood on 12-under.
Rory McIlroy’s second-round birdie left him joint-top with Tommy Fleetwood at the top of the Players Championship[/caption]
Englishman Fleetwood also hit five birdies and a stunning chip-in eagle on the 2nd to score a second day 67.
And despite bogies on the 9th and 15th, the 28-year-old finished well with a 10-foot birdie on the 18th.
Fleetwood said: “I couldn’t have asked for more. I felt really good from the get-go. It was just a case of continuing to do the right things.
“It feels great to finish with a birdie. I couldn’t have put myself in a better position for the weekend.”
Fleetwood, who is 12 under, said: ‘I couldn’t have asked for more’[/caption]
Ian Poulter enjoyed a second round 66 to leave him T3 on nine-under for the competition.
Beginning the day on three-under, Poulter knocked in seven birdies and an eagle after starting on the back nine, but a double bogey on the 13th proved costly.
He said: “It was good golf. I played real solid and got some momentum. It was a decent round on a course that is getting more and more difficult.”
Tiger Woods claims he is still in the running for a third Players title — despite seeing his round rumbled by a QUADRUPLE BOGEY.
Ian Poulter is tied-third after hitting 66 in his second round[/caption]
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The 43-year-old, who started on the back-nine, was three- under for the round after seven holes, but he found water twice at the par-three 17th.
Yet Woods clawed two shots back with birdies at the second and seventh for a one-under-par 71.
His three-under total means survival for the weekend.
He said: “Literally anybody who makes the cut has got a chance to win this tournament.”