Charley Hoffman hits 65, takes Canadian Open lead
Other eerily resembling Cody from the reality TV show “Sister Wives,” Chalrie Hoffman has had a quiet year; at least until now.
That all changed on Saturday when he blazed his his way to a 7-under 65 to take a 1-stroke lead at the RBC Canadian Open. Now 40, Hoffman lit up the course for six birdies in a 7-hole stretch at one point.
“When you’re playing good, I always say golf is fairly easy,” Hoffman said. “It’s been a fun run the last month or two months — actually, all year — and it’s not very stressful, which is good. When you’re trying to make cuts, that’s when golf is hard. … Have my family out for the next five weeks. They are off for summer break. It’s been fun to hang out and go over to Europe with them and Canada. It’s been a good, fun summer vacation.”
He’s at 17-under. He’s after his fifth career PGA title.
Robert Garrigus tied the course record by shooting a 62.
“When you look at the board before I even tee off, someone shoots 62, you know the birdies are out there,” Hoffman said. “Perfect day here in Toronto to make some birdies and have some fun in front of the fans here.”
Garrigus got to 15-under with the 62, hitting two eagle and six birdies. He’st tied for third, two strokes behind Hoffman and one behind Kevin Chappell, who hit a 66 to reach 16-under.
Defending champion Jhonattan Vegas remains in the mix after firing a 67 to reach 14-under. There 17 players within five strokes of the lead, including world #1 Dustin Johnson and England’s Ian Poulter at 12-under. Vijay Singh, 54, slipped to 11-under with a 1-over 71 on the day. He won this event 13 years ago.
Barring a miracle, the Canadian slump will continue here. Graham DeLaet shot a 3-over 73 to drop to 7-under for the tournament. Mackenzie Hughes shot a 74 to fall to 6-under, 11 strokes off the lead.
No Canadian has won the country’s national open since 1954.