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  • Fleetwood finishes three shots behind leader at Players Championship

    Henry James

    SOUTHPORT’S Tommy Fleetwood finished just three shots behind Rory McIlroy who won this year’s Players Championship, which is considered by many to be the fifth major.

    At the TPC course at Sawgrass, Florida, Fleetwood was again very close to winning his first tournament on the PGA tour after coming third last week at the Arnold Palmer Championship.

    After scoring a seven-under 65 in his first round he was joint leader with Keegan Bradley.

    The 28-year-old’s second round of 67 was equally impressive, and at the halfway stage he still had a joint leader position, which was shared now with Rory McIlroy.

    Following the third round, he was only one shot behind the then leader Jon Rahm and went out in the final group on Sunday.

    The rhythm he had in his first two rounds was not present on the final day and he scored a one over par 73 on day four. One of the highlights of his last round was an eagle three on the par 5 16th.

    During the week Fleetwood was full of praise for the course and said: "If you like golf, you should like this golf course, really.

    "It's just about as fair as you're going to get a test. If you hit it well, you're going to have chances and you can shoot a score, and people are shooting scores. But you can also get it the other way, as soon as you start struggling and start going the other way, it can easily go against you. It's an amazing course for that."


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