McIlroy and Fleetwood joint-level at top of Players leaderboard as Poulter sits joint-third

McIlroy and Fleetwood joint-level at top of Players leaderboard as Poulter sits joint-third

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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Ian Poulter is tied-third after hitting 66 in his second round[/caption]


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.”

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