Mackenzie Hanging on to Lead in Montreal

By Sports NetworkAugust 4, 2006, 4:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeMONTREAL, Que. -- Brock Mackenzie carded a 5-under 67 Friday, but his lead shrunk to one stroke with the second round of the Montreal Open suspended due to darkness. Mackenzie ended his opening 36 holes at 16-under- par 128.
 
There was an 80-minute weather delay in the afternoon as a thunderstorm rolled through the area. Play resumed after that delay, but was later halted for the night at 8:35 p.m. (ET) due to darkness. Players will return to the course at 7:30 a.m. Saturday to complete the second round. The third round is slated to begin at 10:00 a.m.
 
Wes Heffernan fired a 9-under 63 to jump into second place at minus-15. Rob Johnson flew up into a share of third place thanks to a 10-under 62 on Friday. He was joined in third place at 14-under-par 130 with Brian Guetz (66).
 
Darren Griff is alone in fifth place at 13-under-par 131 after a 64 on Friday. Lee Curry is one stroke further back at minus-12 after a second-round 65.
 
Mackenzie flew out of the gate with birdies on the first two holes at Quatre Domaines Golf Club. That helped him post 3 under on the front nine. He led by one heading to the par-5 18th, but missed an 8-foot birdie effort that could have extended his lead.
 
'You know, I may have hit it better than Thursday, but I just couldn't make the putts,' admitted Mackenzie. 'It was a lot tougher with that wind. But I'll take my 67, I backed it up the way I wanted to.'
 
Heffernan went flying up the leaderboard as he played the final 13 holes at 9-under par.
 
'It's not often you shoot 15-under after the second day, so I have no idea what to expect this weekend,' Heffernan stated. 'It's just going to be whoever can make the most birdies out here. It should be an interesting next two days.'
 
Christopher Baryla is alone in seventh place at 11-under-par 133 after posting at 6-under 66 Friday. Matt McQuillan, Ben Bunny, Nathan Smith, Brian Nosler and Justin Snelling are one stroke further back at minus-10.
 
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    Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    “Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


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    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


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    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.