Jared du Toit of Kimberley, B.C., shot a bogey-free, nine-under 61 on Thursday at Highland Country Club in London, Ont., to take the first-round lead at the Freedom 55 Financial Championship, the final event of the Mackenzie Tour–PGA Tour Canada season.
“I was never really out of position. I might have been out of position two times, and both times I was able to get them up and down for par, and I was able to convert on a lot of birdies,” said du Toit, who leads by three shots.
“Overall it was a solid round and I just kind of managed well,” he said.
With Highland Country Club playing firm and fast, the recent Arizona State graduate said he felt comfortable as he meticulously plotted his way around the course instead of trying to overpower it.
“I’m probably more on the thinking side anyway. I probably overanalyze, if anything, so when it’s firm and the wind is swirling like it was, I think I have a bit of an edge just because I think a lot,” said du Toit.
With a win this week, du Toit could move as high as fifth on the Order of Merit, which would earn him conditional status next season on the Web.com Tour.
He also leads the race for Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year. The top Canadian on the Order of Merit at season’s end will earn the Dan Halldorson Trophy and a $25,000 prize.
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