July 25, 2014
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
- Jim Furyk is a two-time winner of the RBC Canadian Open and is contending once again. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
L'ILE-BLIZARD, Quebec – Graham DeLaet said after his round Thursday that he and his playing partners face a “little bit of wind” but “hopefully we’ll get out in the morning and get some nice conditions.”
DeLaet, Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar got those “nice conditions” and the Canadian and Furyk tied the course record at Royal Montreal, both shooting 7-under 63s during Friday's morning wave of the RBC Canadian Open.
“It was a great start. All of us were making so many birdies out there,” DeLaet said. “You felt like you had to make putts just to keep up.”
The course record, set by fellow Canadian David Morland IV in 2001 (and matched by Scott Verplank), was threatened to be broken by Jim Furyk on the ninth hole – the group’s 18th of the day – but his 28-foot birdie try slid right.
“I think today’s round and yesterday’s weren’t much different: a lot of fairways, a lot of greens, a lot of opportunities. Today I think I capitalized on a few more of those, but the golf course is still playing pretty soft, the greens are very receptive,” said Furyk.
DeLaet birdied the difficult par-3 17th, and then hit a snap hook off the 18th tee, putting his drive in the water. He bogeyed, but bounced back with a birdie on the first hole (his ninth of the day).
He came in with two birdies in a row on Nos. 8 and 9.
“I felt like I was in pretty good control of my game all day. I had a couple of hiccups, but I really rolled in a lot of good putts,” he said.
The trio – who, together, made 22 birdies - was feeding off each other’s success all day, and Kuchar’s 5-under 65 rounded out the scoring.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever played in a group where we shot 63, 63, 65. I was giving Kuch a bunch of crap for being the schlub in the group shooting a 65,” said a smiling Furyk.
Round 2 highlights from Graham DeLaet at RBC Canadian