MONTREAL — Two-time winner Jim Furyk birdied two of his last four holes Friday in the Canadian Open to match the Royal Montreal course record at 7-under 63 and tie Tim Petrovic atop the leaderboard.
The 44-year-old Furyk, the 2006 winner at Hamilton and 2007 champion at Angus Glen, matched Petrovic at 10-under 130 on the tree-line Blue Course.
“Winning any event is special,” Furyk said. “I’ve had a lot of success (in Canada) and really a lot of support here. But we’re only at the halfway point.”
The 47-year-old Petrovic followed his opening 64 with a 66. He missed the cuts in his past five events.
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“I have been hitting the ball really well for about the last three weeks,” Petrovic said. “I’ve seen signs of some good rounds coming. Am I surprised? Maybe a little.”
Canada’s Graham DeLaet, playing with Furyk and Matt Kuchar, was two strokes back along with Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley. DeLaet, trying to become the first Canadian winner in the event in 60 years, had a 63.
Stanley shot 67 and is at 8-under 132. Michael Putnam of University Place, who was tied for the lead after the first day, had a 70 and slipped to a tie for ninth at 6-under 134. Joel Dahman, a former Husky from Clarkston, had a 72 for a 2-under 138 and is tied for 37th. Kevin Chappell, who owns a home in Kirkland, had a 67 and is tied for 50th at 1-under 139. Former Huskies Alex Prugh (74) and Richard H. Lee (WD) missed the cut.
Furyk, coming off a fourth-place finish in the British Open, made four consecutive birdies on Nos. 11-14 on his opening nine on the rain-softened course and added birdies on Nos. 1, 6 and 8.
“The golf course is soft and receptive, and they have it set up where we can attack and fire at pins, so scores are going to be good,” Furyk said. “It would be a totally different scenario if these greens were firm.”
Big cushion for Langer
BRIDGEND, Wales — Bernhard Langer has a seven-stroke cushion to take into the third round of the Senior British Open after shooting a 5-under 66 to add to his opening 65.
The German is at 11-under 131 at a sunny Royal Porthcawl with Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie and South African-based Englishman Chris Williams tied for second at 4-under 138. Montgomerie shot 66 while Williams added a 70 to his opening 68.
Fred Couples of Seattle had another 71 and is tied for ninth at even-par 142. Kirk Triplett, a graduate of Pullman High, had another 72 and is tied for 20th at 2-over 144.
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