Story By: Sol Tucker and Edward Kerns II
Photos By: Sol Tucker and Edward Kerns II
Ponte Vedra, FL–
Tommy Fleetwood came out on Friday afternoon with an agenda and that was to stay atop of the leaderboard at The Players Championship. He did so with an impressive round at -5 and -12 for the tournament going into the weekend play.
What Fleetwood didn’t really expect to happen was the flawless golf by Rory McIlroy in his Nike custom cleat that sent him to the top and also put hit at the top of the leaderboard at -12 hitting on -7 for the round.
The second biggest story of the day very well could have been how close Tiger Woods came to staying in the thick of things to make a run for it over the weekend. How about one club length the wrong way on his first shot on 17 and then another drink on his second shot, which all but left him short when it comes to making a run for anything this weekend. He would have to play absolutely flawless and players like McIlroy and Fleetwood would gave to fall back in the pack to make room for him.
Other big notables of the day included a huge round from Jim Fuyrk, who came really close to not even qualifying to play in the tournament.
Furyk made eight birdies and nary a bogey en route to a 64, a career-best in more than two decades of playing the event to shoot up the leader board and into contention heading into the weekend at a tournament he’s had something of a love-hate relationship with over the years.
This year marks Furyk’s 23rd start at the Players, where he has finished in the top five on four occasions, including in 2014 when he finished runner-up. But he also has missed the cut five times.
Other notables on the day included the guys who will most likely miss the cut in Phil Mickelson and Jordan Speith. The projected cut is at -1 under