Building on his T-4 finish last year at Erin Hills, Fleetwood played an impeccable round that featured eight birdies – including four in a row starting on the 12th hole – against one bogey. He hit 13 fairways and 16 greens in regulation. And he gave himself great birdie looks on the final three holes, only to see his putter go cold at the wrong time.
He missed from 13 feet on 16th and 19 feet on 17th. But the putt he wants back is the 8-footer on 18th after a clutch 6-iron approach from 196 yards left him a putt almost straight up the slope. But it wasn’t straight, however. The putt veered right at the very end, inches from history.
‘I wanted more for the 62 at the time. That was the putt that will play on your mind because that’s the last shot you hit. Your score is your score.
‘Getting that close to winning a major again is what I’ll take from it.’