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Fleetwood struggles in Round 2 of Wells Fargo Championship

Tommy Fleetwood checks yardage book on 16th hole during Round 2. Photos by Chasing Fowl Photography

CHARLOTTE — Midway through the second round at the Wells Fargo Championship held at Quail Hollow Club, there is a three-way tie for the lead heading into the weekend.

Some of the biggest names in golf are all coming out to the Queen City for the match. The field features 18 out of the top 25 players in the world based on Official World Golf Rankings.

Part of the big draw to the event this year is its inclusion in the PGA tour’s elevated events status. Starting this season, the PGA tour has four regularly scheduled tour stops with increased purses. The prize money this week at Wells Fargo will feature a purse of $20 million, more than double the amount of last year’s event’s $9 million winnings.

At the end of Thursday’s first round, one of the top golfers would hold the lead.

Tommy Fleetwood, world No. 25, held the outright overnight lead at 6-under par heading into Friday’s round two play but struggled throughout the second round to find momentum.

Fleetwood failed to get to red numbers at any point in his Friday round finishing with two bogeys and two birdies to finish with a score even par 71.

Fleetwood dropped back multiple positions on Friday as the rest of the field was making moves up the leaderboard. Fleetwood currently sits in eighth place at the time of this writing.

S.H. Kim relaxes on 17th tee box while waiting to tee off Round 2.

Tyrell Hatton, a fellow top-25 OWGR golfer, made the largest move up the leaderboard on Friday morning, posting a blistering 6-under par round and moving himself into a tie for first.

Wyndham Clark and Nate Lashley also made large moves, posting -4 and -5 rounds to sit aside Hatton at the top of the leaderboard.

With much of the field yet to finish there afternoon rounds, K.H. Lee, Kevin Streelman, Taylor Moore and Adam Scensson all sit at -5 and -6 under with holes to play and time to move up the leaderboard.

Notable top golfers in the mix heading into the weekend include Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele and Adam Scott who are all currently tied for fourth place at 7-under par heading into the weekend rounds.

Justin Thomas hits drive off the ninth tee in Round 2.

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