The key to playing successful golf at St. George Golf and Country Club relies on the ability to hit the ball straight. The fairways are narrow and the hilly, tree-lined course favors those PGA golfers this weekend who can keep the ball in play. After two rounds at the 2010 Canadian Open, Tim Clark and Dean Wilson are tied atop the leaderboard and have played the course very well.
“Driving the fairway is a huge key on the course and I’ve done that,” said Clark.
Clark, who won the 2010 Players Championship back in May, shot a bogey-free 6-under 64 on Friday. The South African rebounded from an opening round of 66, four shots off the lead held by Brent Delahoussaye, to move into a tie for first with Wilson.
“I certainly didn’t expect to be scoring like that around this course,” Clark said. “I felt like it was going to be pretty tough.”
Wilson matched his opening round score of 65 on Friday to gain his share of the lead. He used a critical 20-foot par putt on the 18th to secure his share of the lead after missing the fairway on his drive.
“That was a nice way to finish off the day,” said Wilson, the 2006 International champion. “You can’t ask for a better position.”
Delahoussaye fell into a second place tie with Steve Wheatcroft. Delahoussaye, a day after setting the Canadian Open record with a round of 62 on Thursday, followed up that spectacular round with a 69 on Friday. Despite losing the lead, Delahoussaye was pleased with his day on Friday.
“It’s tough to follow up an 8-under-par round,” Delahoussaye said. “So, I figured anything under par today would be great for me. I’m pleased with the round.”
Kevin Sutherland was the story of the day on Friday though. After an opening round of 73, he kept his hopes alive in the second round and matched the Canadian Open record with a round of 62 to put him in a tie for 21st heading into Saturday. After getting to 5 under on his first four holes, Sutherland capitalized on the par-5 11th and scored an eagle in route to his great day.
“It got kind of silly,” Sutherland said. “The hole just got so big for me. I was just making putts from everywhere. I made a putt on the last hole that I don’t even know how far it was. Seventy feet? I’m guessing, 60 feet.”
Clark is the favorite to win the 2010 RBC Canadian Open according to PGA sportsbooks with his odds set at 5/2 heading into the third round. Hunter Mahan, who is at 8-under has his odds at 6/1, while Wilson is at 12/1.