The Old White course doesn’t seem quite as generous on Sunday as it did during the third round. At least judging from the early results, that is.
By noon on Saturday, J.B. Holmes had already finished off a 60 and Derek Lamely and Matt Kuchar had already posted 63s. No one is threatening those numbers right now.
John Senden is 5 under through 12 holes, and that’s the best round currently on the course. The best scores in the clubhouse are 4-under 66s from Kevin Sutherland, Joe Ogilvie and Brent Delahoussaye. – Helen Ross
D.A. Points has just claimed a share of the lead at 13 under with a 5-foot birdie putt on the 10th hole. Jeff Overton, who held the overnight lead, was in the process of making bogey at the third when he couldn’t get up-and-down from the right side of the green.
Points, who won the 2004 Pete Dye Classic in West Virginia during his Nationwide Tour days, has played his first 10 holes in 7 under. He went out in 28, which equaled the low of the season on the PGA TOUR.
Here are the 28s shot in 2010:
8-under 28 – Paul Goydos, back nine, R1, John Deere
6-under 28 – D.A. Points, front nine, R3, The Greenbrier Classic
6-under 28 – Brent Delahoussaye, R1, RBC Canadian Open
-- Helen Ross
After shooting an 8-under 62 in Thursday's opening round, rookie Brent Delahoussaye knew it was unlikely he could keep up that kind of pace on Friday.
After posting a 1-under 69 to give him a 36-hole total of 9 under and the clubhouse lead, Delahoussaye certainly wasn't complaining.
"It's tough to follow up an 8-under par round," he said. "So I figured anything under par today would be great for me, so I'm pleased for the round."
Delahoussaye, a Q-school graduate making his 14th career PGA TOUR start, has not won a golf event since 2006 on the Hooters Tour. Even though he tried not to look at the leaderboard on Friday, he couldn't help sneaking a glance every now and then.
He said he lost his focus on the par-4 14th when he made one of his three bogeys on the day after a "terrible shot." But he bounced back on the next hole with a birdie.
"I saw a few-shot lead, and the camera started coming around," he said. "And like I said, obviously from my scores early on this year, I haven't had cameras coming around ever.
"So I just started thinking about that, and then I made a bogey. But other than that, I played pretty well and kind of stayed out of my own way today."
Asked Friday how he and some of the younger players this week were able to find some low numbers while veteran players such as Mike Weir and Paul Casey failed to make the cut, Delahoussaye could only shrug.
"I don't have the answer," he said. "... You never know. Some guys play well some weeks and other guys you see miss the cut, you're thinking how did they miss the cut?
"But it's just how golf is. You don't play good every week, and when it's your week, it might just be your week. You never know."
For all the low numbers being put up today -- Kevin Sutherland has already tied the course record with a 62, while Tim Herron has a shot to do so with two holes left in his round -- Brent Delahoussaye is still in the lead.
Delahoussaye is having nowhere near the type of round he did on Thursday, but his 2-under start through 13 holes has him currently two shots clear of Brock Mackenzie.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the leaderboard are a few notables in danger of missing the cut, which is currently at 1 under. Among those on the wrong side of the number: Canada’s own Graham DeLeaet, Charles Howell III, Sean O’Hair, Paul Casey and Mike Weir, who finished his two rounds in 6 over. -- Brian Wacker
Brent Delahoussaye’s round began with an eagle and ended with a record-tying 62. It also ended with the rookie in the lead.
This season, Delahoussaye has made just three of 12 cuts and hasn’t even registered a finish in the top 50. Thursday was obviously a different story. Delahoussaye hit 12 of 13 fairways and missed just four greens all day. He also took only 24 putts (among the top 5 in the field) – four of those came from outside 10 feet and he missed just one from inside 10 feet.
The 62 also bettered Delahoussaye’s career-low score by four strokes and could have him well on his way to not only his best finish of the season, but possibly of his career (a T64 at the 2006 Booz Allen Classic).
On a side note, the 62 also breaks the course record for St. George’s, which has hosted the RBC Canadian Open just four times now. earlier in the day, Vance Veazey tied it with a 63. -- Brian Wacker
There’s still some golf left in the opening round of the RBC Canadian Open – remember, players went off the first and ninth tees today – and there might be a new leader soon, too. Brian Stuard and Brent Delahoussaye are each at 6 under with two and three holes remaining in their respective rounds. That has them tied with current clubhouse leader Vance Veazey.
Stuard has missed just one fairway an two greens in regulation all day. He’s also taken just 25 putts in what’s been a bogey-free day with four birdies and an eagle.
Delahoussaye, meanwhile, has also missed just one fairway and three greens in regulation. He also has five birdies and an eagle with just one bogey so far. -- Brian Wacker