Stephen Ames went out in 30 and quickly climbed to the top of the leaderboard at 9 under. A birdie at the second hole, his 11th of the day, increased his lead to two strokes.
The Canadian fell just as quickly, though, when he bogeyed the fifth hole and made a double bogey at the par-5 seventh. He’s now tied for eighth at 7 under for the tournament and 3 under for the day.
Ames hit his tee shot left into the trees at No. 7 and his second into the fairway bunker. After his third, Ames was still 152 yards from the green. He was on in four and then three-putted from 30 feet for the double that left him in a tie for eighth.
Count Calgary's Stephen Ames as someone who wants to see the RBC Canadian Open shifting to different sites all over the country.
"I've talked to a couple of members and the chairman [at St. George's] and they want to do it every six and seven years, which is fine," Ames said. "I know that there are a few other golf courses in the Toronto area that we can go to, that can host the Canadian Open. There are over 600 golf courses in this area alone. I'm sure we could find a couple that are adequate enough to host the Canadian Open."
Ames, who shot 73-70 on the weekend to slide down the leaderboard, has positive things to say about Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in British Columbia, which is holding the event in 2011.
"The only dilemma there is probably the flight's going to be, what, two hours longer?" Ames said.
Stephen Ames had to change drivers overnight at the RBC Canadian Open. According to Ames, he simply had the wrong shaft in his driver when he shot an opening-round 67. Friday, he was actually a stroke higher, but he felt good about the move nonetheless.
“Just felt more comfortable with [the new driver],” Ames said. “I hit some good shots and made some putts.”
Actually, Ames took the same number of putts – 28 – that he took on Thursday.
Still, at least Ames, a Canadian citizen who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, will be around for the weekend after playing his first two rounds in 5 under. Mike Weir, who’s been battling an arm injury, won’t be so lucky. He finished at 6 over.
Where does that leave Ames, though?
“A little too far back to some extent,” Ames said. “I think I have a low one in me, if I get my golf swing in a little bit better position and make the putts that I've been making the last couple days.”