Camp­bell surges to lead at Cana­dian Open

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - OAKVILLE, ONT.

Chad Camp­bell didn’t feel like he was ap­proach­ing history dur­ing the sec­ond round of the Cana­dian Open.

Rolling off birdie af­ter birdie, Camp­bell missed the course record at Glen Abbey Golf Club by one stroke in shoot­ing a 9un­der-par 63. The bo­gey-free mas­ter­piece gave him the tour­na­ment lead at 14 un­der.

“Never re­ally felt like it was go­ing to be a crazy round, which nine birdies, I’m def­i­nitely happy with it,’’ Camp­bell said. “Just solid play.’’

Camp­bell’s un­der­stated as­sess­ment of his round had a lot to do with how it un­folded. The 41-year-old Amer­i­can didn’t sink any re­mark­ably mem­o­rable shots but was con­sis­tent and didn’t make many mis­takes.

“It’s kind of weird be­cause it hap­pened with the par-5s, knock­ing them on (the green) in two and two-putting,’’ Camp­bell said. “I made a cou­ple long putts, which al­ways helps.’’

With some groups still left on the course, Camp­bell held a twoshot lead over Brian Har­man and a three-shot lead over John­son Wag­ner and Cana­dian David Hearn.

Like Camp­bell, Hearn didn’t have to do any­thing spec­tac­u­lar but still surged up the leader­board with an 8-un­der 64.

“I felt re­ally good about my game,’’ the Brant­ford, Ont., na­tive said. “I hit a lot more greens, and my put­ter def­i­nitely got hot. Mak­ing those two birdies at the fin­ish felt re­ally, re­ally good.’’

Af­ter com­ing a putt away from win­ning the Green­brier Clas­sic ear­lier this month, Hearn is back to feel­ing good about his game af­ter Fri­day’s per­for­mance.

“If I con­tinue to keep play­ing the way I am, I know I have a chance,’’ he said. “I can’t con­trol what Chad or any of the other play­ers are go­ing to do. But if I keep do­ing what I’m do­ing and stay fo­cused on that, I like my chances.’’

Camp­bell’s sec­ond round notwith­stand­ing, the RBC Cana­dian Open looks wide-open go­ing into the week­end. Har­man came a three-putt and a “silly bo­gey’’ away from be­ing right with Camp­bell, and 10th-ranked Jason Day is lurk­ing at 10 un­der.

Day is com­ing off ty­ing for fourth at the Bri­tish Open, which didn’t wrap up un­til Mon­day. Fight­ing phys­i­cal and men­tal fa­tigue, the af­fa­ble Aussie recorded an ea­gle on the 18th hole on the way to con­tention.

Frus­trated by a cou­ple of bo­geys, Day doesn’t an­tic­i­pate fa- tigue will de­rail his Cana­dian Open.

“I’m driv­ing it great,’’ Day said. “I’d like to tune-up the iron shots, but over­all I’m hit­ting it good. ‘’Big­gest thing for me is still try­ing to get as much rest as pos­si­ble, es­pe­cially com­ing off last week so that I can stay men­tally sharp.”

Cana­dian Graham DeLaet was feel­ing men­tally sharp but phys­i­cally couldn’t keep golf­ing. The left thumb in­jury he suf- fered on Thurs­day didn’t get bet­ter, so DeLaet with­drew af­ter four holes Fri­day.

“When it all came down to it, I felt if I could com­pete and still hit the ball well, I prob­a­bly would have kept go­ing,’’ DeLaet said. “But I didn’t have any kind of golf game out there to­day, and then it was hurt­ing.’’

One stroke back of Day are world No. 3 Bubba Wat­son, twotime heart trans­plant re­cip­i­ent Erik Comp­ton and Eric Ax­ley.

CP PHOTO

Chad Camp­bell, of the USA, hits off the eighth tee dur­ing sec­ond round of play at the Cana­dian Open golf tour­na­ment in Oakville, Ont., on Fri­day,

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