Two Canadians remain at the RBC Canadian Open, each tied for 14th, four shots off the lead, going into the weekend at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ont.
Graham DeLaet and Mackenzie Hughes are both at eight under at the midway point of the national championship, where American Martin Flores is at 12 under, with a one-shot lead on countrymen Matt Every, Gary Woodland and Brandon Hagy.
DeLaet, who started on the back nine, opened with a bogey, but that was the only one of the day, as he added three consecutive birdies on 15, 16 and 17, then added two more coming home on two and eight to finish with his second consecutive four-under 68.
“I hit it close on 15, actually looked like it was maybe going to go in, and then 16, I had a pretty simple little bunker shot in front of the green and hit one close on 17. They were all kind of three stress-free birdies. Those were nice. I didn’t have to think much about them,” said DeLaet.
“I’m in the hunt. Just to make the cut here is pretty good for me. I’m happy with where I’m at. I think it’s going to take two really good rounds on the weekend or something really special one of the two days, but I’m in the mix, so I’m excited about it,” he added.
Hughes followed up his first round 67, with a score of 69 on Friday, a round that saw him make the turn at even par after three birdies, three bogeys on his front nine, before putting up four birdies against just one bogey on the back.
“It’s not great. I would have liked to have gotten a couple more there. I don’t know, I was on, but I was also off at times. You’re going to have those kind of rounds. I did well to manage it. It was kind of tricky out there. The wind were kind of swirling and a little bit gusty at times,” said Hughes.
“So three under was a good score. If you gave me that at the start of the day, I probably would have taken it, but if I played well enough to shoot five or six – I think I made seven or so birdies, something like that. I missed a few shorties that I don’t normally miss, but good chance for the weekend,” he added.
“Four back is not very many shots over the course of two days. Obviously, I’m going to need to be that much better because of the guys in front of me are going to keep going low,” said Hughes.
The cut was set at four under, leaving 15 Canadians out of weekend play.
The scores are here.
PGA Tour Champions
Rod Spittle missed the cut at the Senior Open Championship being played at Royal Porthcawl in Wales.
He was the only Canadian in the field.
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Christina Foster of Vaughan, Ont., opened the Firekeepers Casino Hotel Championship in Battle Creek, Mich., with a three-under 69 and is tied for sixth going into Saturday’s second round.
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American Cristie Kerr leads by one over Australian Karrie Webb at the midway point of the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open.
No Canadians are in the field.
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