Before the second round leaders teed it up on Saturday, Robert Garrigus was already home with a 10-under 62 that tied him for the course record at Glen Abbey and gave him a temporary three-shot lead at the RBC Canadian Open.
“We had, I think, six or seven putts on the front, which was funny because I haven’t putted great all year, but I was really rolling it good today,” said Garrigus.
“This is really weird, but last night, I’m sitting in my room and thinking if I can get a lead before they even tee off, that would be awesome. I was thinking that the whole night,” said Garrigus.
A bogey-free round with two eagles to go along with six birdies tends to add significant rocket fuel to a launch up the leaderboard. In Garrigus’ case, he had shot up 45 spots, right to the top.
He knew, however, he’d slip down, at least somewhat, from that lofty perch by the end of the day.
“There’s some numbers out there, I mean 63, 64, 65 is not a tall stretch by any means of the imagination. The wind is really not picking up. It was nice out there today,” he said.
“This weather is so nice. I haven’t sweated all week. This is perfect. I’m just looking forward to (Sunday). Hopefully, it’s the same and I can go out and do the same thing,” said Garrigus.
Sunday’s weather is supposed to duplicate third round conditions, so the rest is up to Garrigus. He’s absolutely correct that he’ll need a similar performance in such benign conditions because the rest of the field is attacking as well.
Charley Hoffman came in with a 65 to take the overnight lead at 17 under. One shot behind him is Kevin Chappell, who finished the day with a 66. Garrigus and Gary Woodland are tied for third at 15 under.
“When you look at the board before I even tee off, someone shoots 62, you know the birdies are out there. Perfect day here in Toronto to make some birdies and have some fun in front of the fans here,” said Hoffman, adding this shootout is going right to the end on Sunday.
“Anything can happen in the last four or five holes. Guys can make eagles, birdies, bogeys. Anything can happen. Obviously, I want to get off to a good start on the front nine and play the back nine the way I need to and see how it goes,” he added.
Graham DeLaet shot a 73 and is tied for 41st at seven under after a round in which he made the turn at one under, but put up bogeys on three of four holes on 11, 12 and 14 before his final birdie of the day on the par three 15th.
“I felt pretty good and I felt like I played pretty solid on the front nine, turned under par without making any putts and everything felt pretty good,” said DeLaet.
“I hit bad tee shots on 11, 12, 13, 14 and all of a sudden, I was a couple over before you know it on a day that everyone was going pretty low. It’s disappointing,” said DeLaet.
Mackenzie Hughes finished with a 74 and is tied for 55th.
“It’s a hard game and probably looked that way if you watched me play. I found the rough off the tee a few times, more than I was the first couple of days and the putter wasn’t really cooperating, so it’s frustrating. I wanted to do well and felt like I was primed for a good day, but didn’t happen, so on to the next,” said Hughes.
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