Productive day at the office for @Jareddutoit.
— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) July 14, 2017
Jared du Toit is putting his new conditional status to good use on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada.
After playing 35-plus holes at the Staal Foundation Open in Thunder Bay, Ont., du Toit, who received conditional status earlier this week, shares the lead with Lorens Chan of Honolulu and Jonathan Garrick of Atherton, Calif.
All are at eight under.
After teeing off for his first round just before play was called for the day on Thursday, du Toit returned for a marathon session on Friday, when he completed the first round with a six-under 66, then posted a 70.
Chan has rounds of 69-67 behind him, while Garrick was one-under through seven holes when play was called on Friday. He opened with a first round score of 65.
“I did a pretty good job of committing to every shot. I was never too far out of position, and the few times I was, I was able to recover pretty well. It was a grind, but I’m definitely happy with the way it went,” said du Toit.
After just recently turning professional, du Toit, placed inside the top 60 on the tour’s Order of Merit through the first reshuffle following last week’s Players Cup in Winnipeg.
He made headlines last year when he played in the final group at the RBC Canadian Open, which he’ll play again in a couple of weeks, before tying for ninth.
Riley Wheeldon of Comox, B.C., is tied for eighth, just two shots off the lead.
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