Teeing up for just the fourth time since The Open Championship in July, Fleetwood torched the Carnoustie course in 9-under 63 at the Dunhill Links tournament to eclipse Alex Noren’s 64 from the same event last year.
Adding nine birdies against no dropped shots to an opening 70 saw the Race to Dubai leader grab a share of the 36-hole lead alongside fellow Englishman and defending champion Tyrrell Hatton.
At 11-under they are one ahead of overnight co-leader Nicolas Colsaerts and two to the good of Germany’s Marcel Siem and last week’s winner Paul Dunne.
"Any time you have a course record, especially on a golf course like this, it's brilliant to have," Fleetwood said after his round. "I'm very proud at the moment."I played well, putted well. It just unravels really, sometimes it does that. Most of the times, those are your best rounds when you don't quite realise what you're doing."I would love to win a tournament. I'd love to win this tournament. The goal every week is to try and win whatever you're playing in.”
Asked if he felt a win this week might put the Race to Dubai title out of reach of the field Fleetwood was cautious."With such big events coming up, I don't think anything will be over until it's finally done but if I can keep making that cushion a little bit bigger, then it will feel a lot nicer," he said.
HIGHLIGHTS OF TOMMY FLEETWOOD'S COURSE RECORD 63:
The best of Fleetwood's course record in 90 seconds. pic.twitter.com/0YvfSp7IAD— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) October 6, 2017
Matthew Giles is the best of the Australasian hopes in a share of 31st after a 5-under 67 at Kingsbarns to be 4-under for the week, Ryan Fox one further back after a 73 at Carnoustie.
Fox and partner Shane Warne slipped from the top of the pro-am standings on day two to be three off the pace and sharing seventh with a round at Kingsbarns tomorrow to determine if they get to play Sunday.
The top 20 teams and the low 60 professionals and ties play the final round at the Old Course to determine both titles.
Unusually, the cut comes after three rounds in this event with several of the Australasians, as well as Rory McIlroy, with work to do if they are to make it.
Brett Rumford, Rhein Gibson and Andrew Dodt are all T66 on 2-under, Jason Scrivener and Scott Hend one shot further back and T86.
Rory McIlroy, playing the event with his father for the second time, is among a group of players at even par and T98 alongside Australians Ash Hall, Aron Price and Wade Ormsby .
Six Australians are over par and outside the top 100, Sam Brazel, Todd Sinnott, Nathan Holman, Stephen Leaney and Stuart Appleby all unlikely to play the final round.
Marcus Fraser was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard though still gets to tee up in round three with pro-am partner Sir Ian Botham.
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