Wyndham Clark and Matt Fitzpatrick exchanged the lead back and forth on the second day of the RBC Canadian Open at St. George”s Golf and Country Club.
Meanwhile, defending champion Rory McIlroy made a late charge, ending the day tied for second with Fitzpatrick and two other golfers at -6. First-day leader Clark will also take the lead into Saturday’s third round, finishing round two at -7.
The talk of the tournament has been the cabbage-like rough, which observers say has grown considerably longer just since the start of the tournament, aided by wet conditions.
The top Canadian players are all bunched up with Nick Taylor at -2, Adam Hadwin -1, Corey Connors at even par and Mackenzie Hughes making the cut on the number at +1. Legendary Canadian golf great Mike Weir bogeyed the raucous par-3 16th hole to fall to +3.
After scoring a par on 17, Weir needed an eagle from the fairway to make the cut. He hit a pure hybrid that rolled just to the side of the hole. It was little more than a tap in birdie, unfortunately leaving him at +2, just on the wrong side of the cut line.
Elsewhere, at the ninth annual Women’s Porter Cup, in Niagara Falls, USA the event went to its first-ever playoff, which was an all-Canadian affair.
Katie Cranston of Oakville outlasted Brooke Rivers of Brampton on the fourth playoff hole to secure her first ever amateur golf victory at the prestigious event. Cranston thanked the sponsors, attendees and the golf course as well as her competitors.
Cranston also praised the course, which she played for the first time this week, as well as complimented the fare offered by competitors at their dinners.
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