‘It’s get­table’

Five play­ers share the lead af­ter a two-hour de­lay at the Cana­dian Open

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JOHN CHI­D­LEY-HILL

Ol­lie Sch­nieder­jans, Kevin Chap­pell and Matt Ev­ery shook off a two-hour sus­pen­sion of play to shoot match­ing 7-un­der 65s on Thurs­day to move to the top of the leader­board at the RBC Cana­dian Open.

They en­tered into a five-way tie with Bran­don Hagy and Hud­son Swaf­ford, the co-lead­ers from the morn­ing group.

Chap­pell and Ev­ery were paired to­gether and went about their charge up the leader­board in very dif­fer­ent ways.

A pair of ea­gles thrust Chap­pell to the top, while Ev­ery had seven birdies and never bo­geyed.

Sch­nieder­jans also ea­gled twice to get into first be­fore play was sus­pended due to dark­ness.

Swaf­ford birdied on No. 18 to take a share of the club­house lead with a 7-un­der 65.

Swaf­ford two-putted on the par-5 18th to sep­a­rate him­self from a crowded top of the leader­board on a rainy day that soft­ened the fair­ways and greens of the nor­mally firm Glen Abbey Golf Club.

“It’s get­table. It’s about as get­table as I’ve seen this golf course but it’s in great shape,” said Swaf­ford. “The greens are per­fect. So you can make some putts. I was just try­ing to give my­self as many chances as pos­si­ble; if the ball was 30 feet or two feet.

“That was the main con­cern to­day, just get it on the greens. Felt great with the put­ter. Re­ally rolled it beau­ti­fully.”

Bran­don Hagy was also 7 un­der, ahead of a five-way tie for sec­ond at 6 un­der.

Ty­rone Van Aswe­gen, James Hahn, Smylie Kauf­man, K.J. Choi and Bubba Wat­son all shot 66.

Macken­zie Hughes of Dun­das, Ont., was the low Cana­dian from the morn­ing group, fir­ing a 5-un­der 67 to en­ter a seven-way tie for eighth.

“If you hit it in the fair­way, you can be ag­gres­sive,” said Hughes. “The few fair­ways I missed, I was just try­ing to make par and you have to be a lit­tle bit de­fen­sive.

“All in all it was a great day. Prob­a­bly could be a bit bet­ter but I made a cou­ple nice par putts, too. Over­all, happy with my start.”

Ama­teurs Hugo Bernard of Mont-Saint Hil­laire, Que., and Austin James of Bath, Ont., were at 1 un­der while Jared Du Toit of Kim­berely, B.C. Ot­tawa’s Brad Fritsch and Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., fin­ished their rounds at even-par 72. Toronto’s Daniel Kim was 1-over 73.

There are a to­tal of 17 Cana­di­ans com­pet­ing in the na­tional cham­pi­onship.

THE CANA­DIAN PRESS/FRANK GUNN

Hud­son Swaf­ford keeps an eye on his tee shot on the 10th hole dur­ing the first round of the Cana­dian Open golf at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ont., on Thurs­day.

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