Fleetwood enjoys a strong start

13 August 2021 18:56:11 GMTPlus11
Tommy Fleetwood needs to impress in North Carolina.

Tommy Fleetwood boosted his hopes of securing a last-gasp spot in the FedExCup Playoffs by producing a solid opening round at the Wyndham Championship.

The Englishman mixed an eagle and five birdies with two bogeys on his way to a four-under-par opening round of 66 that leaves him four shots off the lead and priced at 3001.00 to claim what would be a maiden victory on the PGA Tour.

I'd like to be a little more consistent off the tee.

Tommy Fleetwood

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The pressure is certainly on Fleetwood, who came into the final event of the regular season knowing only a top-10 finish would keep his hopes of reaching the FedExCup Playoffs alive, as he currently sits 136th in the standings, with only the top-125 qualifying for next week's Northern Trust.

Fleetwood is certainly aware of what is at stake, but he was pleased by the start he has made in North Carolina.

"It was good," Fleetwood told reporters. "Made quite a few birdies. I was happy to get off to a really fast start.

"I'd like to be a little more consistent off the tee. Not that I was in the rough all day, but I'd just like to feel a bit more comfortable off the tee."

Rose also opens well

Fellow Englishman Justin Rose also needs a top-10 finish to keep his FedExCup hopes alive and he sits alongside Fleetwood on four-under after recovering from bogeying his opening two holes.

The duo sit four strokes behind leader Russell Henley, who signed for a bogey-free round of 62 to move on to eight-under-par after birdieing three of his final four holes.

A group of seven players sit two strokes behind Henley in a tie for second, including Sung Kang and Ted Potter Jr, who like Fleetwood and Rose, are looking to seal qualification for the FedExCup Playoffs.

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