Players Championship: Tommy Fleetwood and Kegan Bradley share the command at Sawgrass

Tommy Fleetwood did seven birdies in a round without bogey
Championship of players around a ranking
-7 T Fleetwood (Eng), K Bradley (United States); -6 Byeong-hun An (Kor), B Harman (United States); -5 R McIlroy (NI), V Taylor, R Moore (both Americans); -4 R Sabbatini (Svk), JT Poston, K Stanley, K Kisner (all the United States)
Selected others: -3 M Wallace, I Poulter (both Ing.), D Johnson (United States); -2 T Woods (USA), R Knox (Sco), M Fitzpatrick (English); 2 J Rose (Eng), +3 D Willett (English)

The Englishman Tommy Fleetwood hit a seven below 65 to share the leadership of the players' championship with Keegan Bradley after the first round of Sawgrass.

Fleetwood, 28, hit six birdies in the last nine holes, returning home in 30 throws, one out of the tournament record.

The American Bradley has pierced six birdies, an eagle and a scarecrow in Florida.

They are an advantage over South Korea and American Byeong-hun An's Brian Harman, with Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, a blow further back.

McIlroy got a bogey 67 and is tied for fifth with Americans Vaughn Taylor and Ryan Moore.

"I played really well all day, apart from the fact that I hit a bad tee shot on the 14th and managed to do it," Fleetwood told Sky Sports.

"The course does not make you feel very comfortable, you are always a little bad to fight to make the par. It is one of the fields that is the definitive test in golf.

"I've played well here in the past and if I drive well it's a huge key for me. Driving is a strength for me normally and if you put it into play all the time in general you have a big advantage."

The British Matt Wallace, who is writing a piece in the daily journal for BBC Sport, and Ian Poulter are both with three less than 69 years and are alongside the world number one Dustin Johnson and the Spanish Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia.

Tiger Woods is a shot behind two down, level with the Scottish Russell Knox, the Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick and the biggest Australian hits Jason Day and Adam Scott.

The 14-time major champion, who retired from the recent Arnold Palmer Invitational with a strain around his neck, had an irregular lap of 70, hitting six birdies and four bogeymen.

The number two in the world, Justin Rose, is in two, alongside fellow countryman Tyrell Hatton and Americans Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler.

Danny Willet is a blow back, while Paul Casey struggled, hitting a six-over 78.

The BBC Sport website will have live text updates of the third round on Saturday and the final round on Sunday from 18:00 GMT on both days.


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