Daley, the third-place finisher in the 2000 NCAA championships, blitzed the Point Grey Golf and Country Club for a 6-under-par 66 Friday for a two-day total of 135 and a one shot lead over Doug McGuigan (Langley, BC), Bryan Saltus (Costa Mesa, CA),Roger Tambellini (Templeton, CA) and Patrick Moore (Cornelius, NC).
Defending Order of Merit winner Steven Alker of New Zealand is two strokes back.
I think playing in the Open last weekend was good for me, I feel I am playing some darn good golf right now, admitted Daley, who struggled to an opening-round 80 at Southern Hills and failed to make the cut. It was a learning experience, but everything Ive always been successful at Ive failed miserably at first. I was trying to do too much theremy coach told me to put my Superman cape back in my bagno one is invincible on that course.
After shooting 4-under through the front nine Friday, the 23-year-old Daley, who started his day on the tenth tee, nailed an 8-iron from 150 feet to within five feet of the cup to grab a birdie on the 405-yard, par-4 6th hole. He finished the day with seven birdies and just one bogey.
I went at it really hard today, and Im feeling comfortable heading into the weekend. Ill enjoy the summer up here, and I think it will be good prep for me for PGA Q-school in the fall.
McGuigan is the top Canadian after his second consecutive sub-par round, and reasoned he is right where he wants to be heading into the third round.
There is only one guy in front of me, and I really cant ask for anything more, he said. If anyone had told me I would be in this spot after 36-holes, I would have been very happy with it.
Sixty-three players shot 1-under par or better to make the cut. Third round play gets underway Saturday, with the leaders expected too tee off at 12:45 p.m.
Full-field scores from the TELUS Vancouver Open