Brock Mackenzie of the U.S. rode a streak of five birdies in a row to card a 4-under 66 yesterday at Uplands Golf Club and build a two-stroke advantage heading into the weekend at PGA Tour Canada’s Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist.
The 2010 champion made a tricky up-and-down at the par-4 18th to keep his two shot cushion intact on a tightly packed leaderboard. There are players were within five shots of the lead after 36 holes, including five within three.
The 32-year-old got off to a shaky start, going 1-over for his first seven holes before righting the ship in a big way. He carded five straight birdies on holes 8-12 to jump out in front and turn a tough round into a solid one.
Two shots behind Mackenzie are Josh Persons and Tim Madigan at 9-under par, while Michael Buttacavoli and Jake Sarnoff were a shot further behind.
Dahmen on the mend and close to leader
After winning his first title on PGA Tour Canada at the PC Financial Open last week, Joel Dahmen didn’t have much time to celebrate.
Instead, he spent the following days lying low and recovering from a nasty cold in his hotel room. With opening rounds of 66 and 67 this week at Uplands, however, the 26-year-old isn’t showing any ill effects, and said it actually may have helped him contend again this week.
Four shots back of Mackenzie, Dahmen said it was a struggle during Thursday’s first round to find the energy to compete, but that he’s in a good spot to try and pick up where he left off last week at Point Grey.
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