PGA Tour Canada Order of Merit leader Joel Dahmen took control of the Syncrude Boreal Open on Friday, firing a six-under 66 to take the 36-hole lead by three shots over Vancouver’s Ryan Williams in Fort McMurray, Alta.
Dahmen, the PC Financial Open champion three weeks ago in Vancouver, rebounded from a bogey at the first hole with seven birdies at 15-under through 36 holes, three ahead of Williams.
“I’ve made a few putts. When you get in a groove, you just try to keep playing golf and not think about it too much,” said Dahmen. “I started to play more aggressively and the putts fell on the back nine for me.”
After missing the cut in his first three starts at the Syncrude Boreal Open dating back to 2012, Williams tried a different strategy this week in Fort McMurray, taking the driver out of his bag on the tree-lined Fort McMurray Golf and Country Club.
“I just felt that I was only going to hit (driver) once or twice out there and I came in with pretty much no expectations. Sometimes that works better than coming out here and trying too hard,” said Williams, who shot a 65 on Friday.
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Graham DeLaet will be the only Canadian playing the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Ct., after a two-under 68 on Friday that left him at two-under and in a tie for 52nd.
Brad Fritsch missed the cut after opening with a 65 on Thursday, but following up with a second round 76.
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Rod Spittle shot a bogey-free, four-under 68 and goes into the second round at the Encompass Championship in Glenview, Ill., in a tie for 11th, three shots behind leader Tom Lehman.
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No Canadians made the weekend at the Web .com Tour’s Air Capital Classic in Wichita, Ks., including Toronto’s Albin Choi, who opened with a 65, but shot a second round 77.
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