US PGA Championship: Li Haotong takes the lead with Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose in battle

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Tommy Fleetwood has yet another big, finishing second to Shane Lowry the 2019 Open -8 Li Haotong (Chn); -6 T Fleetwood (Eng) J Rose (Eng), J Day (Aus), B Koepka, D Berger, J Dahmen (all US), M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra ); -5 P Casey (Eng), C Champ (US), B Todd (US) Selected others: -4 D Johnson; -3 T Finau (USA); -2 B DeChambeau (US), B Snedeker (US), A Scott (Aus); -1 R McIlroy (NI) Level T Woods (US)

Tommy Fleetwood has the joint lowest round of the 2020 US PGA Championship to compete with the final two rounds in San Francisco.

The 29-year-old Englishman fired a six-under-64 for two shots behind Li Haotong of China, who took the lead with a five-under 63 in TPC Harding Park.

Justin Rose of England is third with Fleetwood, Jason Day and defending champion Brooks Koepka after a 68.

Michael Lorenzo-Vera from France bogeyed the latter to be tied in second place too.

After obtaining a 67, fellow countryman Paul Casey is shot further back with Brendon Todd, joint nighttime leader with Day, and Cameron Champ, who matched Fleetwood & # 39; s low mark of 64.

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods both had mixed rounds, but will make the cut, with McIlroy one-under after a 69, while Woods is tied after a 72.

The 102nd US PGA was rolled back from May due to the coronavirus pandemic and is being played without spectators.

Early starters shake it up

Li Haotong & # 39; s previous best finish in a major is third at the Open in 2017

Li said he told his caddy before the championship that he wanted to enter "without expectations". Considering his record this year, no wonder.

The 25-year-old has missed the cut at four of the eight events he played this year. His best finish was tied for 18th place at the Oman Open and he was ranked 75th on of last week's WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational dropping to 114th in the world.

But opened with a three-under 67, he raced out of the blocks on day two. Li claimed five birdies from his first 10 holes to dash into the lead before seeing a bogey-free round.

And that was despite the fact that he only hit four fairways. Perhaps that was why he was back on the practice track hours after his round.

Tommy Fleetwood was another early starter who made a letter of intent. After settling for level par on day one, the world's number 13 made sure that almost every chance counts.

The 29-year-old has claimed seven birdies to plunge into battle on his way to the weekend as he strives to become just the second Englishman to win the US PGA.

A stunning final lap of 63 by Fleetwood left Koepka looking over his shoulder as he finished second after the US at the 2018 US Open and was second by Irish Shane Lowry at the last big 13 months ago, the Open. Could this be Fleetwood's time?

"I'm not going to say that I play the best I've ever played, or that I feel the sharpest I've ever felt," he said. "But it's a big championship and I just got a good score, so I can't be very far."

I told my caddy "no expectations" – what they said

Li Haotong: "I didn't even think I could play like this this week, I had no confidence. I said to my caddy" no expectations "I wanted to play without stress.

" That's the key – just to play golf and try to win. We have two rounds left – a long way to go. I just want to do my best. When it happens, it happens. "

Tommy Fleetwood: " Yesterday I had a decent score and then some bad holes. But level par was not a bad score. I feel like my game is improving every day, and today I am taking a lot of good golf shots.

"With the wind, an average shot actually turns into a good one. I hit a lot of fairways and that makes it easier around this track."

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