Fleetwood is the daddy

07 October 2017 05:41:50 EST

New father Tommy Fleetwood rode the wave of family excitement to shoot a sensational Carnoustie course record of nine-under-par 63 in round two of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The superb round was witnessed by playing partner Rory McIlroy and vaulted him into a share of the lead alongside fellow Englishman Tyrrell Hatton on 11-under 133, setting up the prospect of a weekend shootout between the two tournament specialists.

Hatton, of course, is defending his title this week whilst Fleetwood is a three-time top five finisher in the event which also takes in the Old Course at St Andrews and Kingsbarns.

Any time you have a course record, especially on a golf course like this, it's brilliant to have. I'm very proud at the moment.

Tommy Fleetwood

On Friday Hatton was impressive in compiling his own round of 65 at Carnoustie, but Fleetwood was on another level as he ticked nine birdies, including a run of five on the trot through the back nine.

"I didn't know that putt on the last was for the course record," he said afterwards. "I wanted to shoot nine-under, but I didn't know the significance of it until my playing partner Ogden [Phipps] came up and told me I'd just shot the course record."

Fleetwood also holds that honour on the Old Course and laughed: "Just Kingsbarns to go now - but two out of three's not bad.

"Any time you have a course record, especially on a golf course like this, it's brilliant to have. I'm very proud at the moment."

The two leaders play Kingsbarns on Saturday before returning to the Old Course for the final round.

Meanwhile, Fleetwood's stupendous lap of Carnoustie will again lead to pre-Open Championship interest in him, after he was the local hero this year at Royal Birkdale.

Carnsoustie will host the Open in 2018 and Fleetwood is 40/1 to win it. He is 4000/1 to win this week in the Dunhill Links Championship.

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