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Fleetwood enjoying life in spotlight for third Major

 

By Phil Casey

Selected tee times from the Second Round of the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow (USA unless stated, times GMT). Tommy Fleetwood was delighted to overcome "brutal" conditions in the first round of the US PGA Championship and remain in the spotlight for a third straight Major.

After finishing fourth in the US Open, Fleetwood was one of the favourites for the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, a course situated just a few miles from his home town of Southport.

The 26-year-old struggled to an opening 76 and battled tough conditions on day two at the Open to make the halfway cut on the mark of five over par, before rounds of 66 and 70 saw him finish in a tie for 27th.

"I didn't really feel pressure at Birkdale, I just thought it was a new experience, being talked about as a potential winner of a Major," Fleetwood said after carding three birdies and two bogeys in an opening 70 at Quail Hollow yesterday.

Speaking about yesterday's opening round at the US PGA, Fleetwood added: "I'm very happy. The course is brutal, really. It's a really tough test. 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 not a let-up, really.

"You've never got one shot where you kind of feel you can go easy for 10 minutes or you have a little rest.

"It's just five hours of real tough golf."

Starting at hole 1

1.50 M Laird (Sco), B Haas, G McDowell (NIrl); 5.35 S Deane, S Lowry (Irl), P Larrazabal (Spa); 5.55 H Matsuyama (Jpn), E Els (Rsa), I Poulter (Eng); 6.25 C Schwartzel (Rsa), B Watson, P Casey (Eng); 6.35 B Koepka, S Garcia (Spa), J Spieth; 6.45 J Day (Aus), D Johnson, H Stenson (Swe); 6.55 K Bradley, P Harrington (Irl), D Love III; 7.05 Z Johnson, L Westwood (Eng), C Hoffman

Starting at hole 10

1.15 P Mickelson, J Walker, J Dufner; 1.25 J Rahm (Spa), R McIlroy (NIrl), R Fowler; 1.35 M Kuchar, J Rose (Eng), C Kirk

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