Daily Wrap-up: RBC Canadian Open, Round 2July 27, 2012
Staff and wire reports
ANCASTER, Ontario -- Scott Piercy is discovering that not everything you dislike is bad for you.
After two rounds in the RBC Canadian Open, Piercy had a share of the lead with William McGirt -- and had seen just about enough of Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
"This golf course takes the juices out of it for me," Piercy said Friday after following his opening 8-under 62 with a 67 to match the tournament 36-hole scoring record at 11-under 129.
McGirt had a 67 in the second round on the classic Harry S. Colt-designed course.
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.
Shot of the Day: Van Pelt
Bo Van Pelt holes a 143 yard approach shot for eagle on the par-4 9th hole.
"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 hole-out eagle of his own to match the course record with the 62.
"It was obviously a great day for me," Clark said. "I'm excited. 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.