Victoria’s Jim Rutledge fired 10-under-par 62 to break away from the field and set a new course record in the second round of the Mr. Lube – Canadian PGA Seniors’ Championship presented by Cleveland Golf/Srixon at RattleSnake Point in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday
Rutledge sits at 15-under-par after 36 holes with a 10-shot lead over his nearest competitor.
“I got off to a great start today after making birdies on four of the first six holes and that seemed to get me off to the races,” said Rutledge, who won the 1984 Canadian PGA Championship.
“I’ve seen all the Canadian legends on that trophy and while I’m taking it one day at a time, I would love to add my name to it when it’s all over.”
Rutledge’s record-setting round included eight birdies and an eagle on the par five 16th hole. He had opportunities for two more birdies on the 17th and 18th holes, but just missed draining both putts. He signed for a front nine of 30 and a back nine of 32.
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Dave Barr of Kelowna, B.C. played alongside Rutledge and finally saw some of his putts drop en route to a second round score of five-under-par 67.
Barr has hit nearly every green in regulation over the past few weeks on the Champions Tour and here at the Canadian PGA Seniors’, but he’s still waiting to see the fruits of his labour on the greens.
“I was feeling pretty good about myself today, getting it to five-under-par, but I was steamrolled by Rutledge and came up five shots short of him,” said Barr, who is still debating a return to Champions Tour qualifying school this fall.
“It was nice to see some of those putts go in the hole, I’ve been making everything I look at on the putting green, but I will need them to drop on the golf course to compete with the best players in the world like I used to,” he added.
Ken Tarling of Sanford, Ont., fired a 69 and rounded out the day’s hottest pairing with Rutledge and Barr as the three players combined for a total of 19 birdies in the second round alone.
Rod Spittle of Niagara Falls, Ont., and Daryl Stubbs of South Delta, B.C., are tied for third place at four-under-par for the championship. Spittle will join the final pairing with Rutledge and Barr while Stubbs will play alongside 2010 Ontario PGA Senior standout Rick Willian and Tarling.
In the Super Seniors Division, Don Green of Thornbury, Ont., outlasted Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Bob Panasik of Windsor, Ont., after making par on the first playoff hole. Both competitors will play again tomorrow to compete for the overall Seniors’ title.
Bobby Breen of Brampton, Ont., added the Diamond Division title to his trophy case after firing rounds of 73-76 to win by six shots over Don Renaud of Ottawa.
“This is the first event I’ve played in all year because of my health and I was really excited to see some of the guys again and play some competitive golf,” stated Breen, who plans on playing again in 2011. “It always means a lot to me to play in this event and I’m thrilled to win that national championship.”
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