‘Job done.’ Tommy Fleetwood pulls off rare feat on Colonial’s ‘Horrible Horseshoe’
The Colonial Country Club's Horrible Horsehoe wasn't too terrible for Tommy Fleetwood on Friday.
The Englishman, who makes his Charles Schwab Challenge debut this week, birded every hole on the course's toughest stretch.
"You don't really think about it when you play," Fleetwood said. “You just hit every shot as it comes. But yes, Horrible Horseshoe? job done."
Fleetwood, 31, is the only player to bird number 3, 4 and 5 in the first two rounds of this year on the same day. These holes, which run like a horseshoe around the driving range, are consistently among the toughest of the tournament.
The third par 4, a 468-yard dogleg to the left, was the eighth hole to date. The fourth par 3, which can be as long as 247 yards and has never been hit by an ace in tournament history, is played as the third most difficult hole. The top golfers have only made 18 birdies at number 4 through the weekend.
And the fifth par 4, a 474-yard dogleg to the right, remains the most difficult hole on the course. Players posted a dozen more bogeys (63) on it than any other hole. There were also eight double bogeys and one "other".
At No. 3, Fleetwood hit a nice approach shot from the right rough from 161 yards at 6 ft and made the birdie putt. He then rolled to No. 4 in a 36-foot birdie. At No. 5, he had a great approach shot from 215 yards that put him within tap-in range.
“On the #4, the tee shot was forward (214 yards played), so that wasn't a 3-iron, it was a 6-iron, but I hit a 36-foot. So that's a bonus," Fleetwood said. “Then the fifth, I just drilled this 2 iron off the tee. It leaves me a long way, but I hit a 6-iron close by.
“We were very happy to be able to continue. It's such a tough track.”
Fleetwood parried every hole on the Horrible Horseshoe during Thursday's opening round. He shot an even par 70 on Thursday, followed by a 1-under 69 on Friday. He is 40th, 8 behind the leaders.
Fleetwood enjoyed his Fort Worth debut.
"I love it. I love how it plays," he said. "I love playing the courses where they reward good golf and when it's golf that's not so good, it makes you life hard when you're not on the fairway.
"It challenges every aspect of your game, including your mental side. I love it. I'm playing the tournament for the first time. I've been wanting to play it for a while and hopefully will be back."
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