European/PGA Tours

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

August 02-05

Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio

$10,000,000

August 02-05

Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio

$10,000,000

Round 2

Fleetwood and Pouter in share of halfway lead in Ohio

August 03, 2018

Tommy Fleetwood fired seven birdies in a sparkling second-round 63 to share the lead alongside Ian Poulter and Justin Thomas at the halfway stage of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Fleetwood and Pouter in share of halfway lead in Ohio, © Getty Images

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Race to Dubai champion Fleetwood began the day four strokes behind overnight leader and fellow Englishman Poulter after posting a four-under-par 66 at Firestone Country Club on Thursday.

“It was just a good day, one of those days where you keep going. You've just got to keep your mind. And as easy as it's played for two days with no wind and it being soft, there's no holes that are like gimme holes out there."

“No fives on the card is always something nice to look at. Got out of position a couple of times. When I did, I kind of got away with the tee shot on 14 and made a really good four. Overall I drove it well. My irons, I just tended to hit exactly where we were picking the spots and I holed a few putts. You've got days like that where it's going well and you've just got to make the most of them."

The 27 year old produced his lowest-ever score at a World Golf Championships event on Friday with three birdies on his front nine and four more after the turn to join fellow early starters Poulter and World Number Three Thomas at the top of the leaderboard on 11 under par.

“It's a decent stretch. I've obviously in a good bit of form," said Poulter. "I mean, I've only won once twice in a season so I'd like to do it again. That was all a very long time ago. I might have won twice, three times, I don't know. It's been a while, so I would like to do it again."

“I'm not trying any harder than I've been trying for 19 years, but I feel comfortable in my game, so whatever that is, what gives the impression that I'm looking very comfortable and calm, when you're making birdies and you're at the top of the leaderboard and you're not making many mistakes, then everything's kind of stress free.”

Poulter had led by three shots during his second round after making three birdies in his first 11 holes but he mixed two birdies with two bogeys in his next seven to follow up Thursday's 62 with a 67. Thomas, meanwhile, finished with a flourish as he notched five birdies on his back nine on the way to a 64.

“I played well overall. I putted a lot better today or I made more putts. I gave myself quite a few opportunities, but not as many as I did yesterday, but I was just able to capitalise on more of them today. I had one mistake there on 16, which is a bad mistake by both Jimmy and myself, the decision that we made, but we were able to get away with the bogey, so it's all right.”

Later starters Kyle Stanley and Jason Day were their nearest challengers on nine under, with four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy and Si Woo Kim another stroke further back in a tie for sixth.

McIlroy was a happy man after closing his second round with back-to-back birdies to sit just three shots off the lead. The Northern Irishman, who won this event in 2014, reached the turn in 33 and after dropping a shot at the tenth he made amends at the final two holes, holing his bunker shot at the 17th before sending his approach at the last to within five feet of the cup to get to eight under par.

“It was eventful, an adventure to say the least. I was one under standing on the 17th tee and I think if I had to finish one under, it would have felt like the worst I could have shot today. So to get those two birdies on the last two holes is obviously very nice and get a couple closer to the lead. I just felt with some of the drives I hit on the back nine and where I was leaving it, I should have been giving myself chances for birdies and not having to scramble for par.

“We were looking at the leaderboard all afternoon. It seemed like the guys in the afternoon, no one made a big move. I think the wind got up a little bit and when the wind does pick up here, it does swirl in these trees and it makes club selection quite tricky. It puts just a little bit of doubt in your mind. So I think that's why we didn't see anyone go as low as this morning. The greens were getting a little chewed up just because they're soft as well.”

China's Haotong Li, who celebrated his 23rd birthday with an eagle at the second, was in a tie for eighth on seven under alongside American Luke List.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Ian Poulter
ENG
-11
62
67
129
T1
Justin Thomas
USA
-11
65
64
129
T1
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-11
66
63
129
T4
Jason Day
AUS
-9
65
66
131
T4
Kyle Stanley
USA
-9
63
68
131
T6
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-8
65
67
132
T6
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-8
64
68
132
T8
Haotong Li
CHN
-7
66
67
133
T8
Luke List
USA
-7
65
68
133
T10
Jon Rahm
ESP
-6
64
70
134
T10
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-6
68
66
134
T10
Marc Leishman
AUS
-6
65
69
134
T10
Tiger Woods
USA
-6
66
68
134
T10
Tony Finau
USA
-6
68
66
134
T10
Webb Simpson
USA
-6
69
65
134
T16
Anirban Lahiri
IND
-5
65
70
135
T16
Patton Kizzire
USA
-5
68
67
135
T16
Phil Mickelson
USA
-5
66
69
135
T16
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-5
68
67
135
T16
Ross Fisher
ENG
-5
67
68
135
T16
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-5
68
67
135
T22
Brooks Koepka
USA
-4
66
70
136
T22
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-4
66
70
136
T22
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-4
64
72
136
T22
Patrick Reed
USA
-4
66
70
136
T22
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-4
70
66
136
T27
Andrew Landry
USA
-3
70
67
137
T27
Kevin Na
USA
-3
65
72
137
T27
Rickie Fowler
USA
-3
63
74
137
T27
Russell Knox
SCO
-3
67
70
137
T31
Aaron Wise
USA
-2
67
71
138
T31
Daniel Berger
USA
-2
67
71
138
T31
Gary Woodland
USA
-2
67
71
138
T31
Matt Kuchar
USA
-2
68
70
138
T31
Pat Perez
USA
-2
68
70
138
T31
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-2
71
67
138
T37
Brian Harman
USA
-1
71
68
139
T37
Charley Hoffman
USA
-1
69
70
139
T37
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-1
70
69
139
T37
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-1
67
72
139
T37
Paul Casey
ENG
-1
68
71
139
T37
Paul Dunne
IRL
-1
71
68
139
T37
Ryuko Tokimatsu
JPN
-1
68
71
139
T37
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-1
70
69
139
T37
Zach Johnson
USA
-1
69
70
139
T46
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
Par
69
71
140
T46
Bubba Watson
USA
Par
71
69
140
T46
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
Par
68
72
140
T46
Cameron Smith
AUS
Par
70
70
140
T46
Dustin Johnson
USA
Par
69
71
140
T46
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
Par
70
70
140
T46
Wade Ormsby
AUS
Par
69
71
140
T53
Austin Cook
USA
2
73
69
142
T53
Brendan Steele
USA
2
73
69
142
T53
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
2
72
70
142
T53
Francesco Molinari
ITA
2
70
72
142
T53
Kevin Kisner
USA
2
74
68
142
T53
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
2
73
69
142
T53
Xander Schauffele
USA
2
69
73
142
T60
Adam Scott
AUS
3
68
75
143
T60
Alexander Noren
SWE
3
70
73
143
T60
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
3
71
72
143
T60
Jordan Spieth
USA
3
71
72
143
T60
Kevin Chappell
USA
3
71
72
143
65
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
4
75
69
144
T66
Brandon Stone
RSA
5
71
74
145
T66
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
5
70
75
145
T68
Branden Grace
RSA
7
73
74
147
T68
Jaco Ahlers
RSA
7
68
79
147
T68
Kodai Ichihara
JPN
7
73
74
147
71
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
11
72
79
151
Pos.
Player
To Par
Total
T1
Ian Poulter
-11
129
T1
Justin Thomas
-11
129
T1
Tommy Fleetwood
-11
129
T4
Jason Day
-9
131
T4
Kyle Stanley
-9
131
T6
Rory McIlroy
-8
132
T6
Si-Woo Kim
-8
132
T8
Haotong Li
-7
133
T8
Luke List
-7
133
T10
Jon Rahm
-6
134
T10
Louis Oosthuizen
-6
134
T10
Marc Leishman
-6
134
T10
Tiger Woods
-6
134
T10
Tony Finau
-6
134
T10
Webb Simpson
-6
134
T16
Anirban Lahiri
-5
135
T16
Patton Kizzire
-5
135
T16
Phil Mickelson
-5
135
T16
Rafael Cabrera Bello
-5
135
T16
Ross Fisher
-5
135
T16
Tyrrell Hatton
-5
135
T22
Brooks Koepka
-4
136
T22
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-4
136
T22
Patrick Cantlay
-4
136
T22
Patrick Reed
-4
136
T22
Ted Potter Jr.
-4
136
T27
Andrew Landry
-3
137
T27
Kevin Na
-3
137
T27
Rickie Fowler
-3
137
T27
Russell Knox
-3
137
T31
Aaron Wise
-2
138
T31
Daniel Berger
-2
138
T31
Gary Woodland
-2
138
T31
Matt Kuchar
-2
138
T31
Pat Perez
-2
138
T31
Thorbjorn Olesen
-2
138
T37
Brian Harman
-1
139
T37
Charley Hoffman
-1
139
T37
Henrik Stenson
-1
139
T37
Hideki Matsuyama
-1
139
T37
Paul Casey
-1
139
T37
Paul Dunne
-1
139
T37
Ryuko Tokimatsu
-1
139
T37
Sergio Garcia
-1
139
T37
Zach Johnson
-1
139
T46
Alexander Bjoerk
Par
140
T46
Bubba Watson
Par
140
T46
Byeong-Hun An
Par
140
T46
Cameron Smith
Par
140
T46
Dustin Johnson
Par
140
T46
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Par
140
T46
Wade Ormsby
Par
140
T53
Austin Cook
2
142
T53
Brendan Steele
2
142
T53
Emiliano Grillo
2
142
T53
Francesco Molinari
2
142
T53
Kevin Kisner
2
142
T53
Satoshi Kodaira
2
142
T53
Xander Schauffele
2
142
T60
Adam Scott
3
143
T60
Alexander Noren
3
143
T60
Charl Schwartzel
3
143
T60
Jordan Spieth
3
143
T60
Kevin Chappell
3
143
65
Bryson DeChambeau
4
144
T66
Brandon Stone
5
145
T66
Jhonattan Vegas
5
145
T68
Branden Grace
7
147
T68
Jaco Ahlers
7
147
T68
Kodai Ichihara
7
147
71
Shubhankar Sharma
11
151