American Martin Flores fired a pair of 66s on Thursday and Friday to take a 1-stroke lead to the weekend at the RBC Canadian Open.
There are nine players at least 10 strokes under par, including 54-year-old Vijay Singh, the former No. 1 player from Fiji. Singh is 10-under with rounds of 66 and 68.
“If I turn up at a golf tournament and know that I can’t win, I might as well go home,” Singh said. “I just have to work hard and bring it to the golf course. Otherwise, might as well not show up. So that’s what I’m doing.”
Flores has eagled the No. 2 hole on both days to get off to a great start. He’s gone 4-under on the back nine in each of the first two rounds.
“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.”
Two Canadians are strokes off the lead at 8-under, Mackenize Hughes and Graham DeLaet. No Canadian has won the country’s premiere event since 1954.
In an odd occurrence, the tournament director, Brent McLaughlin, was removed from that role on Friday. No reason was given.