With a closing birdie on his final hole, Greg Eason of England fired a 5-under 66 yesterday at Hylands Golf Club to take a one shot lead through 36 holes at PGA Tour Canada’s Forces and Families Open.
The 22-year-old rookie sits at 13-under par through two rounds and leads by one over North Vancouver’s Eugene Wong, who posted a spectacular 10-under 61, a new career best as a professional.
Eason briefly opened up a three-stroke advantage, playing his first 12 holes in 5-under par before a pair of bogeys dropped him behind Wong, who birdied his final two holes to set the new course record at Hylands’ North Course.
Eason would respond with birdies on two of his final three holes, including an approach from 107 yards to three feet at the par-4 9th, his final hole of the day, to take top spot heading into the weekend.
The 2014 All-American at the University of Central Florida will be in familiar territory heading into the third round with the lead, having shared top spot through 36 holes three weeks ago at the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel in Thunder Bay. Eason said the experience of being in contention he gained there will be invaluable, especially as a first year professional.
Two shots behind Wong was Jeff Dennis of the U.S., who birdied his final hole of the day to hold solo third place at 10-under heading into the weekend.
DAHMEN STILL LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCE IN THE HUNT
Despite his vast amount of experience playing in high-pressure situations this season, PGA Tour Canada Order of Merit leader Joel Dahmen admitted to feeling uncomfortable with the lead on Friday at the Forces and Families Open. The two-time winner in 2014 briefly held the lead at 10-under before making bogey on two of his final three holes to finish at 8-under, eventually falling five back of Eason.
With a chance at another win this weekend, Dahmen is hoping his wealth of experience gives him a leg up on the competition over the final two rounds.
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