Victoria’s Jim Rutledge jumped out to an early lead at the Mr. Lube PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada on Wednesday.
Rutledge, the 2010 champion, posted five birdies and an eagle on his way to a seven-under-par 65, a competitive course record at Emerald Hills Golf Club in Stouffville, Ont. that puts him five shots up on the rest of the field.
“It’s the type of golf course that you need to place yourself off the tee. Whether it’s three irons or three woods off the tee, (You need to) get in a good spot in the fairway and then stay below the hole,” said Rutledge.
Rutledge is playing a five-week stretch of tournament golf that included last week’s U.S. Senior Open, as well as next week’s Senior Open Championship, but he’s happy to be playing in Canada.
“It’s a good stretch for us and we’ve been going at it for about five weeks now, but this is really important to us and we’re glad we could come before heading over to Scotland to play,” said Rutledge.
“I’m glad a lot of guys are coming out to support this tournament,’ he added.
Three other players broke par on Wednesday, including Norm Jarvis and Daniel Halldorson who both fired two-under 70s and are tied for second.
Daniel Talbot posted a 71 and to finish the day in fourth.
“It’s the type of course where you don’t hit woods because of the angles and firmness of the fairways,” said Halldorson.
Halldorson and Jarvis are tied atop the Super Seniors division leaderboard.
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