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Tommy Fleetwood fires his lowest opening round on European Tour since 2016 using a £90 putter from eBay; backs it up in round two

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Tommy Fleetwood’s opening round of five-under-par on Thursday at the Omega European Masters was the best first-round score he has posted on the European Tour since 2016, and the Englishman achieved the feat using a £90 Odyssey DFX 2-Ball Blade which his caddie bought on eBay.

Fleetwood’s caddie, Ian Finnis, purchased the pre-owned putter off eBay back in January as a birthday gift for the 28-year-old who used a similar putter to the Odyssey blade growing up. Seven months later and the Englishman put the flat-stick to great use during round one of the European Tour event, needing just 21 putts during the opening day’s action.

Speaking after firing the round of five-under-par, Fleetwood had this to say on the why he decided to put the blade into play

“The last three or four weeks, I putted poor. Today, it worked really well. Nothing like holing a few putts. It easies everything off when you’re going into the greens.”

Fleetwood was back at it during Friday morning’s round in Switzerland, matching his opening 65 on day two to put him in contention for the weekend.

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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6 Comments

  1. JP

    Aug 30, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Click bait!

  2. Vmkb

    Aug 30, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Dude! Learn how to write!!!!! This sucks, the headline is rubbish mate

  3. Ryan

    Aug 30, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Headline is a little confusing. I thought he fired the lowest since 2016 for the entire tour, not his personal best. I was expecting a 60 or something, then it said he fired a 5 under par round and was like, when did the Euro Tour get so bad lol

  4. JimmyRay

    Aug 30, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Thank God I didn’t throw mine out!! A little electricians tape across the balls and I’ll be taking 21 putts myself…

    • Jim Bob Cooter

      Aug 30, 2019 at 10:48 pm

      It’s all about the electrical tape across the balls… feels so good

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (2.26.20)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

New SuperSpeed counterweight club on show at this week’s Honda Classic.

Re-finished TaylorMade P730 irons from The Golf Garage.

Interesting looking Bettinardi Proto at this week’s Honda Classic.

On the way from Boyd Blade & Ferrule Co.

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Arriving in the Hive tomorrow.

Brushed copper Squareback No. 1 from Embrace Putters.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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Brooks Koepka hits out at the “stuffiness” and “country club atmosphere” attached to golf

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Never one to pull punches, Brooks Koepka has slammed the “stuffiness” and “country club atmosphere” associated with golf which he feels is damaging the progression of the sport.

In an in-depth interview with GQ Magazine, the four-time major champion discussed a multitude of topics, and Koepka explained that the “gentleman sport” tag attached to golf is one of the reasons preventing more people from getting involved in the game.

“Hockey, you go to blows and then sit in the box for a couple minutes. Golf’s just held to a different standard. Because it’s supposed to be a gentleman’s sport. And that’s where I think they lose a lot of people. They just do.”

Asked what he would change about the sport if he had the chance, Koepka was quick to sound off on the “stuffiness” and “country club atmosphere” which he believes is one of the biggest problems the sport has in attracting more support.

“One thing I’d change is maybe the stuffiness. Golf has always had this persona of the triple-pleated khaki pants, the button-up shirt, very country club atmosphere, where it doesn’t always have to be that way. That’s part of the problem. 

Everybody always says, ‘You need to grow the game.’ Well, why do you need to be so buttoned-up? ‘You have to take your hat off when you get in here.’ ‘You’re not allowed in here unless you’re a member—or unless the member’s here.’ Really? 

I just never really liked the country club atmosphere. I know that drives a lot of people away from liking me. But just ’cause this golf club has such prestige and the members are all famous and have a lot of money…like, why can’t I show up and just go play the golf course? Why do I have to sit in my car and wait for the member?”

The 29-year-old further explained how he doesn’t feel like no rules would be the answer, but how a more relaxed approach would prevent the feeling of “walking on eggshells” when at a golf course.

“I’m not saying no rules is the answer. But it’s like, you want everyone to enjoy themselves when they’re there, you don’t want to feel like you’re walking on eggshells when you arrive at the golf course. I don’t like feeling like I’m walking on eggshells everywhere I go.”

Brooks Koepka is in action this week at the Honda Classic and will tee it up alongside Matthew Wolff and Keith Mitchell for the opening two rounds.

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European Tour pro reveals that he is currently blocked by Patrick Reed on Twitter

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On Tuesday in the Twittersphere, European Tour pro Eddie Pepperell revealed that Patrick Reed has blocked him on the social media platform.

Pepperell dropped the news in a casual tweet where he said

“(From what I’m aware of) Two people have blocked me on Twitter. Patrick Reed, and Jameela Jamil. Interesting couple they would make! (I was also once blocked by a namesake sports writer from the Guardian but he’s seemingly unblocked me now… Joy)”

Back in December, following Reed’s waste bunker controversy at the Hero, the Englishman slammed the 29-year-old in a tweet asking “What the f–k were you thinking?!” – which likely didn’t go down well with the 2018 Masters Champion.

While it appears Pepperell and Reed aren’t exactly on the best of terms, Bryson DeChambeau is one notable name who has backed the Texan.

Following Reed’s impressive WGC-Mexico win, DeChambeau told Golf Channel that himself and Reed sometimes get a bad rap and that “we understand each other’s pain sometimes.”

 

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