LOUISVILLE — Tommy Fleetwood made the cut on the number at the PGA Championship. How he did it was a bit of history.

The Englishman had an inauspicious start at Valhalla on Thursday, failing to take advantage of favorable conditions en route to a first-round 72, a score leaving him 10 shots behind leader Xander Schauffele. Things did not necessarily improve on Friday, as Fleetwood was even through 17 holes and two shots on the wrong side of the project cut. The only hope was the short par-5 18th, which was essentially a par 4½ thanks to wet conditions.

Fleetwood made the most of the opportunity, hitting his 245-yard approach to six feet, cleaning up what was left for an eagle for a two-under 69 and one-under two-day total, a shot that gave Fleetwood passage into the weekend.

If that sounds rare, it is.

According to Randy Robles at the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the first time in 10 years that a player eagled the 36th hole to make the cut on the number at a major. Ironically, the last time it happened was also at Valhalla, with Hideki Matsuyama making 3 to reach Saturday at the 2014 PGA Championship.

Fleetwood, 33, is playing in his 10th PGA Championship. His best finish is a T-5 at the 2022 event.


PGA Championship 101: Answering all your frequently asked questions

How to watch the 2024 PGA Championship

Power Rankings: Every player in the PGA field, ranked

The 13 best bets to win at Valhalla

Tee times for Round 1 and Round 2

Secrets to Scottie’s Success: Watching 1,353 shots during Scheffler’s impressive run

Tiger’s mysterious Valhalla bounce: Investigating one of golf’s biggest conspiracy theories

Can Rory McIlroy find himself again in the march toward joining golf’s all-time greats?

Micheal Block: ‘Year of Blockie’ and what happens when your 15 minutes of fame are up

‘The Hole At’: Valhalla’s 18th was built to always produce drama

An ode to Valhalla and the thing it’s always delivered

The 5 holes that will decide the PGA Championship

This article was originally published on golfdigest.com