Fleetwood happier with ball striking on Day 2

Race to Dubai contender Tommy Fleetwood put himself in position for a weekend charge at the DP World Tour Championship today with a second round 67 to sit on eight under par. The Englishman needs to win the tournament and see Race to Dubai leader Francesco Molinari finish lower than fifth to be crowned the European Number One, and he’s feeling confident – if a little pressurised by the situation.

“Every shot seems very important,” said the Englishman. “It’s just a completely different feeling to any other week of the year. They are experiences that you have to have and that you want, but every shot is just a little bit more heightened. All your senses are a little bit heightened because it all comes down to this. From a tournament perspective, 72 holes is a long time, but this week it’s a very short period of time in the grand scheme of the whole year.”

Bogey free

Fleetwood is yet to drop a shot through 36 holes and after three birdies in his 69 yesterday he made five today, including three in a four-hole stretch around the turn.

“Today was a lot better. It’s two completely different days, really. We were the last ones on the range last night to do a little bit of work and then this morning I felt like I hit it on range with a decent understanding of what I needed to do, and I had a couple of good swing thoughts, and I was  a lot more consistent today. It’s a complete turnaround from yesterday.”

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