Jared du Toit of Kimberley, B.C., had a streaky day that worked in his favour at the Syncrude Oil Country Championship in Edmonton on Friday.
After posting a one-over 71 in Thursday’s opening round at the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event, du Toit’s day got off to a rough start when he put up a double bogey on the first hole of the second round.
Birdies have a way of taking the sting out of an opening hole such as that, so after parring the second hole, du Toit went on a streak of six consecutive birdies before finishing off the front nine with a bogey to make the turn at three under.
It appeared briefly that his streakiness was going to turn the other way as du Toit put up his second consecutive bogey on the 10th hole, but then went on a similar streak as on the front, with birdies on five of his final eight holes, including the 18th.
The seven-under 63 that du Toit posted vaulted him 69 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for seventh before play was called due to darkness, making him the top Canadian along with Jamie Marshall of Kitchener, Ont. Both players are at six under after the first two rounds.
American Patrick Newcomb leads at 10 under after he completed a two-under 68 on Friday to lead by one over Derek Barron, who shot a 67.
The entire leaderboard is here.