American Micah Burke shot a 10-under 62 yesterday at Loyalist Golf and Country Club to set the new competitive course record and take a two-shot lead midway through the second round at The Great Waterway Classic.
Burke held the lead over Riley Wheeldon of Comox, BC, when play was suspended due to darkness.
The 28-year-old Burke chipped in twice and carded six birdies along with two eagles on the day to reach 12-under par through 36 holes, following up his first round 2-under 70 total.
Burke, who ranks 111th on the Order of Merit coming into this week, said he benefited from a swing tip after round one from playing partner and Order of Merit leader Joel Dahmen. The tip paid off on Friday, as Burke took advantage of the friendly scoring conditions with a solid ball-striking performance.
Burke, who was battling flu-like symptoms over the first two days, finished his round nearly 12 hours after his original 7:20 a.m. tee time thanks to the lengthy weather delay, but said his swing kept him in rhythm despite the changing weather.
Stephen Carney of the U.S. is third at 9-under, following a 4-under 68.
Wheeldon set for strong finish
After playing on both the Web.com Tour and PGA Tour Canada this season, Riley Wheeldon said he has his eyes on the prize for a strong finish north of the border.
The 23-year-old, who has made nine starts on the Web.com Tour and five on PGA Tour Canada, knows he’ll be playing in Canada the rest of the season after missing out on the Web.com Tour Finals.
The former Big East Player of the Year at the University of Louisville said he’s trending in the right direction through two rounds at The Great Waterway Classic.
Despite being in a different position than 2013 – he was the Order of Merit leader until the season’s penultimate event last year, and is 44th this year – Wheeldon said the familiarity of success on PGA Tour Canada has him feeling good with four events to go.
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