Flores takes lead, Kuchar rallies at Canadian Open
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.