Flores takes lead, Kuchar ral­lies at Cana­dian Open

The Maui News - - SPORTS -

OAKVILLE, On­tario (AP) — Matt Kuchar ral­lied to make the cut in the Cana­dian Open on Fri­day, a day af­ter fight­ing dizzy spells.

Com­ing off a sec­ond-place fin­ish Sun­day in the Bri­tish Open, Kuchar shot a 4-un­der 68 to reach 5 un­der — leav­ing him seven strokes be­hind sec­ond-round leader Martin Flores at Glen Abbey.

On Thurs­day, Kuchar had a cou­ple of dizzy spells and sought med­i­cal at­ten­tion dur­ing the round.

Flores shot his sec­ond straight 6-un­der 66 on the rain­soft­ened course.

“The course is per­fect,” said Flores, win­less on the PGA Tour. “But it is a lit­tle soft right now, es­pe­cially com­ing into the greens as com­pared to pre­vi­ous years. So the birdies are go­ing to be out there for sure. Un­less the wind picks up, but I think it’s very get­table.”

He ea­gled the par-5 sec­ond for the sec­ond day in a row.

“I hit a great drive,” Flores said. “I had about 185 yards. Hit a nice 7-iron to 15, 20 feet and made the putt. That was a bonus.”

Gary Wood­land (63), Matt Ev­ery (68) and Bran­don Hagy (68) were a stroke back at 11 un­der. Wood­land was a stroke off the course record set by Leonard Thomp­son in 1981.

“I just had ev­ery­thing clicking to­day,” Wood­land said. “I’ve been play­ing well for a long time and just haven’t put all the as­pects to­gether. To­day I drove it well. Ob­vi­ously, the ball-strik­ing was good and I saw some putts go in, and that adds up to a pretty good num­ber.” Vi­jay Singh, at 54 the old­est player in the field, had a 68 to join Kevin Chap­pell (69), Ryan Ruf­fels (67), Charley Hoff­man (66) and Harold Varner III (65) at 10 un­der.

Top-ranked Dustin John­son shot 69 to reach 8 un­der.

Matt Kuchar hits out of a bunker on the fourth hole dur­ing the sec­ond round of the Cana­dian Open on Fri­day.

Martin Flores chips onto the sixth green dur­ing the sec­ond round Fri­day.

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