MONTRÉAL (Golf Canada) – A two-time past champion finds himself in familiar territory as Jim Furyk shot course-record matching 7-under 63 to grab a share of the 36-hole RBC Canadian Open lead at The Royal Montreal Golf Club.
Furyk came into Montreal fresh off a 4th place finish at The Open Championship last week. He continued that momentum Friday, leading the field in greens in regulation through two rounds, having hit 33 of 36 greens (91.7%).
One of 11 RBC Golf Ambassadors in the field, Furyk is looking to become the second consecutive to win the RBC Canadian Open following fellow RBC Ambassador Brandt Snedeker in 2013.
“I think today’s round and yesterday’s weren’t much different,” said Furyk, winner of Canada’s National Open Championship in 2006 and 2007. “I hit the ball very well; a lot of fairways, a lot of greens; a lot of opportunities.”
Opening-round co-leader Tim Petrovic followed up a 64 Thursday with a second round 66 to share top spot at 10-under.
Furyk wasn’t the only member of his group to make history at The Royal Montreal Golf Club as Canadian Graham DeLaet matched the course-record 63 to jump into a shared of third with Kyle Stanley at 8-under. For DeLaet, playing in a crowd favourite grouping with Furyk and fellow RBC Ambassador Matt Kuchar kept the trio feeding off each other.
“I mean I felt like I was in pretty good control of my game pretty much all day; a couple of little hiccups, but I really rolled in a lot of good putts, even a couple good bogey putts to keep the round from kind of getting away,” said DeLaet, currently the 32nd ranked player in the world. “All three of us played great today. I never saw so many putts rolling in.”
Furyk and DeLaet (pictured by Golf Canada/ Bernrad Brault) matched the course record 63 previously shared by 2001 champion Scott Verplank and Canadian David Moreland.
DeLaet leads a crop of six Canadians into weekend action including David Hearn at 3-under (T28) and Adam Hadwin at 1-under (T50). Also making the cut are a trio of Canucks tied for 63rd at even par including Mike Weir, Brad Fritsch and Team Canada amateur Taylor Pendrith.
Fritsch sank the putt of the day in front of the home crowd as his double breaking 29 footer dropped for birdie on 18 to make the cut on the number.
Following the completion of Friday’s second round, a cut was made with the low 70 players and ties. Third round action gets underway Saturday morning at 8:35 am.
Tickets for Saturday and Sunday weekend action are still available with kids aged 17 and under getting in free with a ticketed adult.
A complete list of second-round scores from the 2014 RBC Canadian Open is available here.
ROUND 2 CANADIAN SCORES
T3 Graham DeLaet (-8)
T28 David Hearn (-3)
T50 Adam Hadwin (-1)
T63 Mike Weir (E)
T63 Brad Fritsch (E)
T63 Taylor Pendrith* (E)
Beon Yeong Lee
* Denotes amateur