Du Toit, Gligic lead Canadian contingent after round one
September 13, 2018
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
- Jared du Toit is looking to defend his Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year title. (Claus Andersen/Mackenzie Tour)
LONDON, Ont. – Although it wasn’t the start Jared du Toit had a year ago, the Canadian is in prime position after the first round of the Freedom 55 Financial Open.
Du Toit, who fired an opening 9-under-par 61 in the opening round in 2017, was bogey-free Thursday and shot a 6-under-par 64.
The reigning Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year is just one shot back of the lead held by Danny Walker and Jonathan Garrick heading into Friday.
“I left the ball in pretty good spots all day. I hit 16 greens and had a lot of looks and I was fortunate enough to make a few,” said du Toit.
“There are small greens out here so if you can just get on the green and have the putter heat up, you can go low.”
Du Toit ended up tied for 17th a year ago, but his result in London combined with three top-10’s earned him the Dan Halldorson Trophy as top Canadian. This year, du Toit is approximately $22,000 behind countryman Michael Gligic on the money list.
Gligic matched du Toit’s score of 6-under on Thursday and the pair sit tie for third.
Du Toit said Thursday’s round was much different than last year’s opener. The players dealt with some swirling winds, and the greens and fairways were a little softer, which caused du Toit to adjust off the tee and on the green.
Du Toit has just one top 10 this year – he finished fifth at the GolfBC Championship in June – and missed four cuts, including last week at the Mackenzie Investments Open presented by Jaguar Laval.
He admitted this year has been “very much up and down.”
“Normally I like to make a fair share of cuts, but this year I’ve missed my fair share,” said du Toit with a knowing grin. “Everything happens for a reason and hopefully I can get something going this week, and keep it going.”
James Love is tied for 10th, Taylor Pendrith is tied for 24th, and Riley Wheeldon is tied for 41st in a roundup of the Canadians who finished in the top 60 on the money list, and earned a spot in the field this week at Highland Country Club.
A Canadian last won on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada in 2016, when Adam Cornelson won in Victoria en route to earning a spot in The Five.