Fleetwood and Paisley flying high
Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Paisley dovetailed superbly to card a first round 10-under-par 62 which left them tied for 3rd in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
The English pair were sensational in making ten birdies and will head into the second day of the unusual pairs event at TPC Louisiana just two shots back of the co-leaders Lucas Glover/Chez Reavie and Xinjun Zhang/Zecheng Dou.
They had no doubt that the key to their success was a laid back approach.
"It's just good fun and very relaxing," said Fleetwood. "It's obviously a big tournament, but it's kind of just good fun having a good friend alongside you and a really good player as well."
Thursday's action was always going to be fast-paced due to the fourball format, with Friday reverting to foursomes which will be a more complex challenge.
"It's throwing you into the deep end since day one," said Paisley. "The strategy won't change. You hit your golf shot and that's it. We know we're trying our hardest.
"Just see what we can do tomorrow. Foursomes is a lot tougher obviously. We know what tees we're going off. If we play well, should be fine."
Fleetwood was sure that his close friendship with Paisley had helped them go low.
"I was happy that he said yes when I asked him to play," he laughed. "It does make a difference when you got on so well and you feel comfortable. Especially in that team format where you're not just playing for yourself really.
"So there is always that little bit of added pressure on it. Having a close friend just makes it a whole lot more easier."
The Fleetwood/Paisley combo are 500/1 to complete the job and win the tournament outright.
Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington have formed an all-Irish pairing and are 60/1 after their first round nine-under 63. Scottish duo Russell Knox and Martin Laird are 100/1 after their eight-under 64, and the English-Swedish mash-up of Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson are 4000/1 following an opening 65.
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