Scott Piercy shares the lead after two rounds of the Canadian Open, yet he is not enjoying himself.
“This golf course takes the juices out of it for me,” Piercy said on Friday after following his opening 8-under 62 with a 67 to match the tournament 36-hole scoring record at 11-under 129.
Williams McGirt shares the lead after a 67 in the second round on the classic Harry S. Colt-designed course.
Robert Garrigus was two strokes back after a 66, and Bo Van Pelt was 9-under after a 66. Tim Clark, Vijay Singh and Josh Teater were 8 under. Clark had a 62, Singh shot 67 and Teater 65.
Bud Cauley had a 63 to join Troy Matteson and Camilo Villegas at 7-under. Villegas had a 64 and Matteson shot 68.
British Open champion Ernie Els missed the cut with rounds of 72 and 70.
The tight, tree-lined layout demands precision and often forces players to play it safe.
“This golf is boring golf for me,” said Piercy, the Reno-Tahoe Open winner last year for his lone PGA Tour title. “I’m not going for it. I’m not trying to put my foot on the accelerator. I’m kind of touch and go.”
McGirt was in much better spirits after a round that included a 50-foot birdie putt from the fringe on No. 8. He’s winless on the PGA Tour, and cautious about getting too far ahead of himself.
“There are still 36 holes left,” McGirt said. “There is a lot of golf left.”
Van Pelt sent up a roar when he holed out from 143 yards for eagle on No. 9 — his last hole of the day. Clark reeled off six birdies and added a holed-out eagle of his own to match the course record with the 62.
“I’m excited,” Clark said. “It is nice to be back up in Canada. I have some good memories up here. The course suits me well, too, and I’ve enjoyed playing.”
Five of the 23 Canadian players survived the cut, led by David Hearn. He was seven strokes back after his second straight 68. Mike Weir missed the cut for the third straight year, shooting consecutive 72s.
Pat Fletcher, born in England, was the last Canadian winner, taking the 1954 event at Point Grey in Vancouver. Carl Keffer is the only Canadian-born champion, winning in 1909 and 1914. Albert Murray, a Canadian also born in England, won in 1908 and 1913.
Jim Furyk, the winner in 2006 at Hamilton and 2007 at Angus Glen, also missed the cut. He shot 70-70 to fall a stroke short of advancing to weekend play.