The Open 2019: Rory McIlroy ‘hasn’t had enough credit’ for his recovery from horror start, says Claret Jug contender Tommy Fleetwood

19 Jul

Rory McIlroy ‘hadn’t had the credit he deserves’ for recovering from his nightmare start to The Open, Claret Jug contender Tommy Fleetwood has told talkSPORT.

The Northern Irishman teed off his home tournament at Royal Portrush with a quadruple bogey on the opening par four – dubbed a ‘snowman’ – which immediately left him in a bit of a pickle.

Rory McIlroy has the start to forget at his home Open Championships at Royal Portrush

He hit just two birdies as he carded a first-round score of 79 – the sixth-worst score of the opening day.

McIlroy was back out on the course, which has been hit with typical Northern Irish links conditions, on Friday afternoon and faces a fight to make the cut.

He began his second round eight-over par, with the projected cut set at one-over.

But Fleetwood, who went into the clubhouse on seven-under after round two – tied third at the time of writing, has praised Rory for his recovery after a horror start.

The Englishman told talkSPORT’s Georgie Bingham and Bob Bubka on Hawksbee and Jacobs: “It’s hard for us to have any say or opinion on it.

“He clearly had a rough day.

McIlroy hit a wayward drive off the first tee which went out-of-bounds, and his re-take wasn’t much better

“The hard part is that whenever Rory doesn’t do something great it’s in front of everybody and this week he’s got the added expectation of being a home Open.

“But it’s Rory McIlroy, who knows what he could do today. He could shoot a really low one, we just don’t know.

“I didn’t really know what he shot yesterday but I know he started off bad and then came back really well.

Fleetwood has fared better and is in a good position to challenge for the Claret Jug ahead of an exciting weekend of golf

“I actually think he did unbelievably well, if you think about all the pressure he’s under, to get back through that period where he quad the first, and he had a rough finish, but that middle straight – I think he probably hasn’t had the credit he deserves for doing that.”

Listen back to Tommy Fleetwood on Hawksbee and Jacobs IN FULL above!

Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari wake up in bed together with the Ryder Cup trophy

1 Oct

Unbeatable on the golf course, inseparable off it – ‘Moliwood’ have been caught in bed together with the Ryder Cup.

Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood won all four of their matches together as Europe sailed to an emphatic 17.5-10.5 victory in Paris.

The pair were on fire at the Ryder Cup

Molinari completed his clean sweep in the singles, sealing the winning point and sparking wild scenes of celebration as Europe regained the famous trophy.

The pair were filmed in a hilarious clip as they lay in bed on Monday morning, clearly groggy from the night before.

Fleetwood says: “How good was that for you?’ to which Molinari replies “four out of four”.

The Englishman then replies: “I’d give you five out of five, Frankie.”

Open Champion Molinari became the first ever European to win five points in a single Ryder Cup as he cemented his place as Tiger Woods’ least favourite person.

Their partnership was unstoppable

The Italian held off a challenge from Woods at The Open earlier this year, before beating the legend in three matches at Le Golf National – twice when he was paired with Patrick Reed and once with Bryson DeChambeau.

Fleetwood tweeted the video from his personal account and put: “Missing him already.”

Ryder Cup 2018: Fans desperate to see the Fleetwood Mac pairing of Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlrory in Paris

28 Sep

That Tommy Fleetwood is amazing.

Not only is he starring for Europe in the Ryder Cup, which is live on talkSPORT 2, he is also about to release a feature film starring himself and Lady Gaga.

Actually, on second glance that could be American actor Bradley Cooper starring in A Star is Born

Still, the Ryder Cup thing is pretty impressive, eh?

And fans tuning in for the action in Paris are desperate to see the Englishman paired with Northern Ireland ace Rory McIlroy so they are treated to seeing Fleetwood Mac perform live.

They’ve already been making reference to ‘Rumours’ of this happening (‘Rumours’ being the name of one of their albums).

Sadly, though, with Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari playing so well, the likelihood of seeing the super group at Le Golf National is slim.

It’s an even bigger shame when you remember the course is called The Albatros.

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