There were several strong, if not surprising, rounds from Canadian golfers at this year’s instalment of the RBC Canadian Open. On the strength of excellent performances from two of Canada’s top amateurs, there will be four who will live to play this weekend at The Abbey.
One Canadian who impressed was 21-year-old amateur Jared du Toit who had some people turning their heads after a fantastic first day at Glen Abbey Golf Club. But on the heels of a great second day, he certainly has everyone’s attention.
The Calgary, AB native and second ranked Canadian amateur (according the the World Amateur Golf Rankings) came into day at -5, just a shot back of leader Dustin Johnson and Luke List. While the leaders remain atop the board, for much of they day they were joined by the upstart Canadian du Toit.
However, on the second hole (he started on the back nine), du Toit faltered, falling three shots off the lead with a triple bogey. An errant tee shot was followed by little more than a chip out and an approach that landed in the right bunker.
Despite the poorly played hole, he bounced back, finishing the day with a one-under for a combined -6. He is just one stroke off leaders List and Johnson.
A Strong Showing for Canadian Golfers at Glen Abbey
Adam Hadwin and Garrett Rank also have enjoyed their time at Glen Abbey. Rank, also an amateur, has put together two solid rounds as well. Rank, who was just told earlier this week that he has been accepted as a referee in the National Hockey League, had a few missed shots that would have had him among the leaders. Regardless, is even par, just like fellow amateur du Toit, is good enough to see him onto Saturday.
Not to be outdone, fellow Canuck Adam Hadwin, a 28-year-old out of Moose Jaw, SK, put together rounds of 72 and 70, and sits well clear of the +2 cut line. When asked about his plans for the rest of the weekend, he noted: “Grind away. Make some pars. I hit some good shots and made a couple putts. But keep the ball in play. Give myself some looks and hopefully the short game stays sharp.”
With just one blip on the scoresheet today, Hadwin noted his improved short game over yesterday: “Short game is really good. Chipped in once. Got up-and-down pretty much every other time except for 12 there.” He finished the day five strokes off the leaders at -2.
The final Canadian to make the projected +2 cut is 24-year-old Corey Conners. Conners sits nine shots off the leaders, List and Johnson.
Kevin Gamble, LastWordOnSports.com