The last time the RBC Canadian Open was played at Hamilton G&CC, in 2006, it ranked as the third-most difficult course on the PGA TOUR.
What a difference six years, and soft conditions, can make.
Tim Clark was the latest to tie the course record, shooting a 62 Friday to enter the weekend near the top of the leaderboard.
“Obviously being soft you’re able to go at a lot of flags and make a lot of birdies,” Clark said.
Earlier this week, Scott Piercy tied the course record with a 62 in the opening round.
For Clark, it matches his career low on the PGA TOUR. It’s also a sign of things heading in the right direction after his last two years were derailed by wrist surgery in 2010.
In his first six starts this season, Clark missed the cut four times and was disqualified from another event.
“The only way to get better was to come out here and play tournament golf,” Clark said. “I could feel I was getting better every round I played.”
It’s showed. Clark tied for 19th at Colonial and last month finished in a tie for fourth at the Travelers Championship.
“I don’t think I came back too soon,” Clark added. “I think it’s what I needed to do.”