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Fleetwood on form again but Molinari struggles at British Masters


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11 Oct 2018, 23:57 IST

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Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood at the British Masters.

Tommy Fleetwood persisted his spectacular form at the British Masters, but Ryder Cup team-mate Francesco Molinari discovered the going a bit of more difficult at Walton Heath on Thursday.

After completing in a proportion of 2d position at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship remaining week, Fleetwood fired a gap 67 to sit down in a three-way tie for the lead.

The Englishman had only one bogey in his first spherical to proportion best spot with compatriots Eddie Pepperell – who cashed in for charity with a surprising hole-in-one – and Matt Wallace on 5 underneath.

Fleetwood’s handiest blemish got here at the 17th after his wayward tee shot ended up in an empty cup holder of a direction reliable’s buggy. He used to be not able to rise up and down to avoid wasting par in spite of receiving a loose drop, despite the fact that a birdie at the remaining briefly made amends.

“It wasn’t my finest approach shot to a par-three, but that was something different for sure,” he instructed Sky Sports about his force at the 17th.

“Luckily it didn’t go in the beer [in the buggy] because it would have ruined a drink and the golf ball. But bogey there is fine. It’s not something you get too angry about around here today.”

Molinari failed to check Fleetwood’s requirements because the Ryder Cup duo had been reunited following their heroics for Europe at Le Golf National, the Italian completing six pictures off the tempo after signing for a 73.

Joint-leader Pepperell produced the instant of the day, sinking an astonishing ace as his tee shot at the par-three 9th struck the flag on the entire prior to spinning again into the cup.

He adopted up with a extra typical eagle at the par-five 11th and in spite of shedding pictures at the 13th and 15th, a birdie at the penultimate gap capped an eventful day for the 27-year-old, who earned £20,000 for charity along with his hole-in-one.

Richard McEvoy, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Joakim Lagergren, David Lipsky and Alexander Levy – nonetheless with a gap to play – take a seat on 4 underneath, whilst a 12-man staff that comes with Trevor Immelman and Robert Karlsson are an extra shot again of the main trio.

As for match host Justin Rose, the Englishman persisted a run of 4 successive bogeys right through a see-saw day that noticed him ultimately card a two-over 74.

“I had a good chance to make four birdies in a row but missed that and just gave away too many cheap bogeys,” Rose – who needed to cancel his pre-tournament media commitments on Wednesday because of sickness – instructed Sky Sports.

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