I'll strive to give fans something to cheer: Fleetwood
Tommy Fleetwood feared he had let his supporters down after making a disappointing start in his hometown Open. Southport-born Fleetwood, who used to sneak on to the Royal Birkdale course to play as a child, was given a hero's welcome but shot a disappointing six-over par 76.
After rising to No.14 in the world and finishing fourth in the US Open, Fleetwood had been tipped as a contender but hopes he can still give the locals something to cheer.
On his reception on the first tee, Fleetwood said: "It was cool, it was brilliant. It was an amazing atmosphere, something you don't get very often. I loved it.
"It's so easy to feel like you've disappointed them a little bit when I played the way I did but I will try my hardest tomorrow. They did their part, I just didn't do mine."
Fleetwood did not feel he played badly but was punished heavily for slight errors, such as when he had to play from a bank in rough on the sixth and from under a bush on the ninth.
He said: "Everything felt the same, it just wasn't great. I got a few bad breaks. So it's not very good but I've come back from bad rounds before."