McIlroy, Kuchar, Simpson share lead at Canadian Open

Tanya Simon
June 12, 2019

"Yeah, I mean, look, I'm standing here playing in your national open and I'm not playing in my own this year, which is something", he said.

Curtis Luck and Cameron Davis both missed the cut.

"There's a lot of firepower ahead of me, I have to play a good round", said Hadwin, the top-ranked Canadian in the world at No. 79.

American Brandt Snedeker, who produced a sparkling 10-under-par 60 in Friday's second round, shot 69 on Saturday that put him in a three-way tie in fourth on 12-under with Canada's Adam Hadwin and Ireland's Shane Lowry.

McIlroy made his intentions clear from the first hole on Sunday, where he launched a 350-yard drive and then struck the pin with his pitch shot from 40 yards. "I've had a wonderful reception from everyone and just excited to get to play in front of them again tomorrow". "You wish you could just say, "I'm going to shoot six-under" and win a bunch of tournaments".

Henrik Stenson is two strokes behind that group at 10-under.

The 30-year-old can achieve that feat this week following his dominant victory in the RBC Canadian Open, where he closed with rounds of 64 and 61 to win by seven shots - the tournament's biggest winning margin in 67 years.

Of the 26 Canadians entered in the tournament only Richard Jung (four under) and Roger Sloan (minus-2) joined their four compatriots mentioned above.

Sitting five off the lead and just inside the top 10 our man will have to go lower if he is going to grab one of the three qualification spots for Royal Portrush. The hilly course has sloping greens that need to be soft to prevent balls from rolling off. But a wet spring and heavy rain on Wednesday changed that.

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But the conditions were a little more hard on Saturday with a cool, swirling breeze kicking up.

It would certainly be spectacular if Hadwin or Hughes could get the job done on Sunday, but Saturday was pretty special, too.

"The Canadian fans really come out and support this event", he said.

"It was awesome", Hadwin said.

"I mean you just have to look at the players that he's with, and it just kind of nearly, to a certain degree, puts your mind at ease knowing that he knows what he's doing". "And granted, I have to work on a few things, mentally and physically, with regards to my golf game".

"Just looking at some of the names, even on just this side of the trophy, Sam Snead, Bobby Locke, Arnold Palmer, Tigers Woods, Nick Price, some of the greats of the game have won this trophy", said McIlroy. That was good enough for an early clubhouse lead at 11 under at Hamilton Golf and Country Club. The main areas of focus will be the greens, bunkers and irrigation system.

"National championships are very important. They're enjoying themselves for sure and it's a really cool atmosphere".

"It is one of the I think alluring charms to this golf course", added Kuchar when referring to the suitability of the layout to all styles of play.

Lee6 said she was a little exhausted when she arrived at the Jersey Shore, but felt it was an advantage that the 54-hole ShopRite enabled her to get another day of rest. When he's at his best on the course he's swinging free and easy, without the inhibitions that a career in golf should have long ago brought.

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