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Day 3 Canadian Open RBC

jim-furyk-1200Two-time winner Jim Furyk birdied two of his last four holes Friday in the Canadian Open to match the Royal Montreal record at 7-under 63 and tie Tim Petrovic atop the leaderboard.

The 44-year-old Furyk, the 2006 winner at Hamilton and 2007 champion at Angus Glen, matched Petrovic at 10-under 130 on the tree-line Blue Course.

”Winning any event is special,” Furyk said. ”I’ve had a lot of success (in Canada) and really a lot of support here. But we’re only at the halfway point.”

The 47-year-old Petrovic followed his opening 64 with a 66. He missed the cuts in his last five events.

”I have been hitting the ball really well for about the last three weeks,” Petrovic said. ”I’ve seen signs of some good rounds coming. Am I surprised? Maybe a little.”

Canada’s Graham DeLaet, playing in a threesome with Furyk and Matt Kuchar, was two strokes back along with Kyle Stanley. DeLaet, trying to become the first Canadian winner in the event in 60 years, also had a 63.

”They’re fun to play golf with,” Furyk said about DeLaet and Kuchar. ”We chatted a lot out there. And then to have everyone play well, you’re seeing birdie putts going in, it’s a lot of fun. And I think you can feed off that a little bit. Those guys are making birdies, you feel like putts are going in, it’s a good vibe.”

Stanley shot 67.


The 32-year-old DeLaet, winless on the PGA Tour, had nine birdies and two bogeys.

”I felt I was in control of my game all day, with a couple of little hiccups,” said DeLaet, from Weyburn, Saskatchewan. ”I mean, all three of us played great. I never saw so many putts rolling in. It was a lot of fun. We were feeding off each other. When you see putts rolling in from everywhere like it was in our group, you just feel like putting’s easy or something and you just start holing them.”

Furyk and DeLaet matched the course record set by David Morland and Scott Verplank in the second round of the 2001 Canadian Open. Verplank went on to win that week.

”To share a course record here is pretty special and to have two guys in one group do it is pretty amazing,” DeLaet said.

Furyk, coming off a fourth-place finish in the British Open, made four straight birdies on Nos. 11-14 on his opening nine on the rain-softened course and added birdies on Nos. 1, 6 and 8.

”The golf course is soft and receptive, and they have it set up where we can attack and fire at pins, so scores are going to be good,” Furyk said. ”It would be a totally different scenario if these greens were firm.”





1 Jim Furyk Jim Furyk Two-time champ, all-time money leader. Fourth at The Open. Nine top 20s in last 10 starts. Ninth in fairways hit; 10th in adjusted scoring.
2 Graeme McDowell Graeme McDowell On a red-hot run with a T6 in Ireland, a win in France and a T9 in England at The Open. Leads the PGA TOUR in strokes gained-putting.
3 Dustin Johnson Dustin Johnson No stranger to Canadians with a T2 at Glen Abbey in 2013 and an engagement to Wayne Gretzky’s daughter. Eight straight cuts made; five top 25s.
4 Matt Kuchar Matt Kuchar Co-runner-up at Glen Abbey last year but without a top 10 in his last five starts! Still tops on TOUR with nine. Fifth in adjusted scoring.
5 Tim Clark Tim Clark Fresh off a T5 at TPC Deere Run. Three top 20s in last six starts. Third on TOUR in fairways hit and first in proximity to the hole.
6 Charley Hoffman Charley Hoffman Twelve consecutive cuts made, including five top 20s. T3 at Congressional. Tenth in GIR, ninth in par breakers, 36th in adjusted scoring.
7 Luke Donald Luke Donald While he has four top 10s in 2014, including a solo second at Harbour Town, and it’s been 13 years since a T18 here, he fits course profile.
8 Charl Schwartzel Charl Schwartzel Fourth consecutive appearance. Comes off a T7 at Royal Liverpool. Six top 20s in last 10 starts worldwide. Fifteenth in adjusted scoring.
9 Jerry Kelly Jerry Kelly Rested after a T3 at the JDC. Four top 10s since January. Ranks 30th in fairways hit, 57th in GIR, 36th in scrambling, T9 in par-4 scoring.
10 Graham DeLaet Graham DeLaet Canada’s top-ranked golfer leads the TOUR in ball-striking and sits 21st in adjusted scoring. Most recent of eight top 20s occurred in May.
11 Brandt Snedeker Brandt Snedeker The defending champ won’t see Glen Abbey again until 2015, but he recently connected three top 25s sparked by a T9 at the U.S. Open.
12 Scott Brown Scott Brown Tied for fifth at the Deere where he ranked second in strokes gained-putting. Sits 30th in SG-P for the season. Four top 10s in 2013-14.
13 David Hearn David Hearn While he’s a Canuck, his form earns the spot and he keeps his ball in play. Eight of his last nine cuts made, including T6 at THE PLAYERS.
14 Carl Pettersson Carl Pettersson The 2010 champ at St. George’s G&CC recently finished T3 at TPC Southwind and T7 at TPC River Highlands. Ranks T24 in par-4 scoring.
15 Russell Knox Russell Knox Hasn’t played since a T24 at Congressional, his seventh top 25 of the season. Ranks 21st in ball-striking and 26th in adjusted scoring.


Putter Importation Club and Stroke


Most miss hits in putts are a result of excess body motion during the putting stroke. Start with a solid foundation in your stance and keep your head, hips and legs dead still during the stroke. Activate the stroke through your shoulders while maintaining the triangle in your arms. Try listening for the ball to go in before looking up
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1 Zach Johnson Zach Johnson The 2012 champ also has a P2 (2013), T2 (2009) and a T3 (2011). His actual scoring average in his last 20 rounds at TPC Deere Run: 66.80.
2 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth First (only) title defense. Led field in par-3 scoring (bogey-free 7-under); ranked T3 in par breakers (25). Top 20s in last four starts.
3 Ryan Moore Ryan Moore Rested since a T5 at Travelers where he led entering the final round. Five top 10s in 2013-14. Perfect in five starts here with a T8 (2012).
4 Steve Stricker Steve Stricker Tournament’s all-time earnings leader has three wins and another four top 10s, including T10 last year. Career-best 60 to open 2010 edition.
5 Chris Stroud Chris Stroud T4 at Greenbrier where he led the field in scrambling. Top 20s in three of last four starts. He’s 5-for-5 at TPC Deere Run with two top 25s.
6 John Senden John Senden Off since missing U.S. Open cut. Won here in 2006; added a solo fourth in 2012. Ranks 13th on TOUR in GIR; 12th in strokes gained-putting.
7 Billy Hurley III Billy Hurley III Chased a T8 at Congressional with a T4 at Greenbrier where he led after 36 and 54 holes. Tied for eighth in the 2012 John Deere Classic.
8 Harris English Harris English First start since a T7 at the Travelers Championship, his seventh top 10 of the season. Shared 15th place in his debut here last year.
9 Bud Cauley Bud Cauley His T4 at Greenbrier — a season-best — was his fourth top 25 in the last eight starts. Currently 34th in greens in regulation.
10 Kevin Streelman Kevin Streelman First start since winning the Travelers Championship where he led the field in par breakers. Two T8s among four starts at TPC Deere Run.
11 Chris Kirk Chris Kirk Twenty-two consecutive cuts made. Eleven top 25s in 2013-14. He’s 3-for-3 at TPC Deere Run with two T22s. T6 entering last year’s finale.
12 Charles Howell III Charles Howell III Continues to pick his spots, but still making cuts. Six top 10s among 20 cuts made this season. Five top 25s in eight starts at the JDC.
13 Jason Bohn Jason Bohn Comes off a T11 at Greenbrier where he led the field in putts per GIR and ranked seventh in strokes gained-putting. Four top 25s at the JDC.
14 Brendon de Jonge Brendon de Jonge He’s traded two top 10s with 17 finishes outside the top 25 since January, but has three top 25s at TPC Deere Run (2010-2012).
15 Jerry Kelly Jerry Kelly Three top 10s on the season, but no top 30s in his last six starts. Shared fourth place here last year; 7-for-8 overall with five top 25s.



Tee’d Off Tee Times Golf Tip


The best golfers in
the world play in the
present with each
shot being the main                                          golf 49
focus. They do not
dwell in the past or
the future. Try and
eliminate negative
thoughts from
previous holes and
don`t get ahead of
yourself thinking of
upcoming holes.





1 Jimmy Walker Jimmy Walker First start since a T9 at Pinehurst. Top 10s in both majors; three wins on the season. Co-runner-up here last year; T4s in 2010 and 2011.
2 Brendon Todd Brendon Todd As in tune as anyone playing golf for a living right now. Last five starts: breakthrough win, two T5s, T8 and a T17 (U.S. Open).
3 Kevin Na Kevin Na First start since T12 at U.S. Open. P2 at Memorial a month ago. T7 at Greenbrier in last appearance in 2012. Sits 13th in adjusted scoring.
4 Bubba Watson Bubba Watson Second appearance (T30, 2013), but has tweeted photos and video of visits this year. Two wins, two seconds and a third in 2014.
5 Marc Leishman Marc Leishman Motoring along. Top 25s in five of last six starts; T8 at Congressional where he shared the 36-hole lead. Ranks 23rd in adjusted scoring.
6 Brendan Steele Brendan Steele Seriously surging. T5s in the last two tournaments during which he’s ranked ninth (Travelers) and T12 (Quicken Loans) in proximity.
7 Patrick Reed Patrick Reed Turned the page on his recent slump with a T11 at Congressional. Co-led at the midpoint and held the outright advantage after 54 holes.
8 Bill Haas Bill Haas Beat up in his title defense at Congressional, but he’s 3-for-3 at Greenbrier with a playoff loss in 2011 and a T9 last year.
9 Webb Simpson Webb Simpson A bit all or nothing for months as he awaited the birth of his third child. Two top 10s at Greenbrier. Opened last year’s T41 with a 64.
10 Brendon de Jonge Brendon de Jonge The road warrior is fresh off a T8 at Congressional. Eight consecutive cuts made. Also 4-for-4 at Greenbrier, including a T17 last year.
11 Ben Martin Ben Martin Officially at the next level following a T3 at Congressional, his third third-place finish of the season and seventh consecutive cut made.
12 Daniel Summerhays Daniel Summerhays Making cuts, but not quite crashing leaderboards. Not the case at Greenbrier where he’s placed fifth (2012) and T9 (2013).
13 Steve Stricker Steve Stricker First return since debut in 2012 (T22). Continues to prosper despite abbreviated schedule. Top 25s in last three starts; T21 at Pinehurst.
14 Chris Kirk Chris Kirk T28 at the U.S. Open was 21st consecutive cut made. Three top 10s, another six top 25s in 2013-14. Tenth in average distance of putts made.
15 Scott Langley Scott Langley Grinding through the learning curve of being in contention at Memorial (T28 while in the final group) and Travelers (T11; 36-hole leader).