American Wes Homan and England’s Greg Eason shot a pair of matching 7-under 65s yesterday at Whitewater Golf Club to share the 36-hole lead at PGA Tour Canada’s inaugural Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel.
Homan, playing in the morning’s first group off the first tee, took advantage of the calm conditions with four consecutive birdies to begin his round, and said that he had been waiting to emerge with a pair of good rounds over the past few weeks.
Eason, a 22-year-old rookie on PGA TOUR Canada, said his solid play over the first two rounds was thanks in part to an adjusted attitude and style of play. The University of Central Florida grad, who has made every cut this year and has one top-10 finish, admitted he has been putting pressure on himself to perform in his first season as a pro and took a more relaxed approach this week.
The native of Leicester, England, said he realized after a handful of events that he would be better off playing his own game than worrying about other players shooting low scores around him, part of the maturation process in his first season as a pro.
One shot behind Stone in a tie for fourth were Seattle, Washington’s Blake Snyder and Order of Merit No. 2 Tim Madigan of Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
BERGNA LANDS BIG BIRD AT WHITEWATER
Bryan Bergna of the U.S. recorded the second double eagle of the 2014 season, holing a 6-iron from 210 yards on the par-5 third hole. The albatross was part of a 4-under 68 that moved Bergna up 49 spots into T22.
Surrey, BC’s Devin Carrey also recorded a hole-in-one with a 5-iron from 204 yards at the 15th.
- Golf Canada National Amateur Team member Chris Hemmerich, who won the Ontario Amateur Championship last week, shot a second round 73 to sit T25 at 3-under.
- Bogey-free rounds: Greg Eason (65), Blake Snyder (65) Ted Brown (67), Jordan Krantz (68), Robert Karlsson (69).
- Order of Merit No. 3 Matt Harmon missed the cut, opening the door for another player to pass him for an RBC Canadian Open exemption. Below are contenders and the minimum finish they would need to pass Harmon:
- No. 4 Josh Persons (-6/T9/$2,705 behind Harmon) – Two-way tie for 14th
- No. 5 Ricky McDonald (-1/T48/$6,429 behind Harmon) – Two-way tie for fourth
- Players No. 6-17 who made the cut and would require a win to pass Harmon: Robert S. Karlsson, Eugene Wong, Brock Mackenzie, William Kropp, Michael Buttacavoli, Ryan Yip, John Catlin
- First round leader Brandon Harkins (64-80) struggled with a bad back and missed the cut at even par.
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