WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: Tommy Fleetwood & Ian Poulter lead, Tiger Woods & Rory McIlroy in contention

Tommy Fleetwood
Tommy Fleetwood is ranked 11th in the world
WGC-Bridgestone Invitational second-round leaderboard
-11 I Poulter (Eng), T Fleetwood (Eng), J Thomas (US); -9 K Stanley (US), J Day (Aus); -8 R McIlroy (NI), SW Kim (Kor); -7 H Li (Chn), L List (US); -6 J Rahm (Spa), L Oosthuizen (SA), T Finau (US), T Woods (US), M Leishman (Aus), W Simpson (US)
Selected others: -5 T Hatton (Eng), R Fisher (Eng), P Mickelson (US); -4 M Fitzpatrick (Eng), P Reed (US); -3 R Fowler (US), R Knox (Sco), P Casey (Eng)

Tommy Fleetwood produced a sparkling second round at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to join fellow Englishman Ian Poulter in the overnight lead.

Fleetwood, 27, holed seven birdies in a bogey-free 63 to move to 11 under.

Poulter, 42, followed his opening 62 - one short of the course record - with a three-under-par 67, before world number three Justin Thomas carded 64 to join them in a three-way tie at Firestone.

Rory McIlroy is three shots behind the leaders, with Tiger Woods at six under.

After a bogey-free first round on Thursday, Poulter continued his fine form with birdies on the third, eighth and 11th before dropping his first shot on the 12th.

Further birdies followed on the 13th and 15th but a bogey on the 14th meant he had to share the clubhouse lead.

Fleetwood, who is yet to win in the US, said: "I was just signing my card there and realised I hadn't had a five, you always remember those rounds without a five. It was a really good round of golf.

"I got away with one bad tee shot where it bounced out of the trees but apart from that played lovely, putted really nice and just picked them off."

Thomas, who will defend his PGA Championship title at next week's fourth and final major of the season, joined Poulter and Fleetwood at the top after five birdies in his last eight holes.

Northern Ireland's McIlroy closed his round with back-to-back birdies for a three-under 67, which left the four-time major winner feeling "a lot better" with his performance.

"If I had shot one under it would have felt like the worst I could have shot," McIlroy said.

"It was nice to finish like that, I feel like my patience was rewarded. I'm right there going into the weekend.

Woods - an eight-time winner at the Ohio course - failed to build on the momentum of three birdies in his opening five holes.

The 42-year-old American finished level on the back half, a bogey on the 14th cancelling out a birdie on the 12th for a round of 68.

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