Victory in US for Tommy Fleetwood ‘only a matter of time’, says Rory McIlroy

• Englishman shot first-round 65 in Players Championship
• ‘He is one of the best players in the world’

It was hardly a shock to hear Rory McIlroy endorse the chances of Tommy Fleetwood winning in the United States before long. Singing Tommy’s praises has become an understandable theme.

The Players Championship has not been kind to British players – Sandy Lyle is the only one to have won it, in 1987 – but Fleetwood is clearly of a mind to break the mould. A first-round 65, which included a closing nine of 30, catapulted the Southport player to the top of the leaderboard. “He is one of the best players in the world, and he’s had his chances already,” said McIlroy of his Ryder Cup teammate. “So, yes, I think it’s only a matter of time for sure.”

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