England's Fleetwood shares lead at Sawgrass

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Tommy Fleetwood made seven birdies in a bogey-free round
Players Championship round one leaderboard
-7 T Fleetwood (Eng), K Bradley (US); -6 Byeong-hun An (Kor), B Harman (US); -5 R McIlroy (NI), V Taylor, R Moore (both US); -4 R Sabbatini (Svk), JT Poston, K Stanley, K Kisner (all US)
Selected others: -3 M Wallace, I Poulter (both Eng), D Johnson (US); -2 T Woods (US), R Knox (Sco), M Fitzpatrick (Eng); +2 J Rose (Eng), +3 D Willett (Eng)

England’s Tommy Fleetwood hit a seven-under-par 65 to share the lead of the Players Championship with Keegan Bradley after round one at Sawgrass.

Fleetwood, 28, struck six birdies in his last nine holes, coming home in 30 shots, one off the tournament record.

American Bradley holed six birdies, an eagle and a bogey in Florida.

They are one shot ahead of South Korea’s Byeong-hun An and American Brian Harman, with Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy a stroke further back.

McIlroy carded a bogey-free 67 and is in a tie for fifth with Americans Vaughn Taylor and Ryan Moore.

“I played really well all day apart from I hit a poor tee shot on 14 and got away with it,” Fleetwood told Sky Sports.

“The course doesn’t make you feel very comfortable at all, you are always a semi-bad shot from struggling to make par. It’s one of the courses that’s the ultimate test in golf.

“I’ve played well here in the past and if I drive it well that’s a massive key for me. Driving is a strength for me normally and if you put it in play all the time in general you have a big advantage.”

Englishmen Matt Wallace, who is writing a daily diary piece for BBC Sport, and Ian Poulter both carded three-under 69s and they are alongside world number one Dustin Johnson and Spaniards Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia.

Tiger Woods is a shot behind on two under, level with Scotland’s Russell Knox, England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick and Australian major winners Jason Day and Adam Scott.

The 14-time major champion, who withdrew from the recent Arnold Palmer Invitational with a neck strain, had an erratic round of 70, hitting six birdies and four bogeys.

World number two Justin Rose is on two over, alongside compatriot Tyrell Hatton and Americans Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler.

Danny Willet is a stroke further back, while Paul Casey struggled, hitting a six-over 78.

The BBC Sport website will have live text updates of Saturday’s third round and Sunday’s final round from 18:00 GMT on both days.



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