Forty-Something: Jim Furyk, Tim Petrovic Tied for Canadian Open Lead

Top qualification to be atop the leader board after two rounds of the RBC Canadian Open?

Remember being alive in the 1970s.

American Jim Furyk, a two-time champion at the tournament, tied the club record at the Royal Montreal with a 7-under 63, allowing him to shoot up the leader board to tie fellow American Tim Petrovic at 10-under.

Furyk is 44 years old; Petrovic is 47.

After missing the cut at his last five events, Petrovic has fired rounds of 64 and 66 in Montreal.

Furyk wasn’t the only player to tie the course record on Friday; favorite son Graham Delaet did likewise to rise from 44th to a tie for third with Kyle Stanley at 8-under.

Furyk’s 63 consisted of seven birdies, including four straight from No. 11 to 15.

Delaet had two bogeys, but nine birdies, including eight between No. 6 and No. 17.

Petrovic could have kept the lead all to himself, but he bogeyed No. 18, his first of the tournament.

Also enjoying a hot second round was England’s Graeme McDowell, who shot a 5-under 65 to jump from 32nd to tied for fifth.

Matt Kuchar also shot a 5-under to soar from 44th to a tie for ninth.

Plenty of players went in the opposite direction on Friday as well. Day One co-leader Michael Putnam shot an even par 70 to fall from first to tied for ninth.

Canadian amateur Taylor Pendrith struggled far worse, shooting a 5-over 75 after his 5-under 65 on Thursday, falling from tied for third to tied for 63rd.

Pendrith barely made the cut, which was set at even par.

 

 

 

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