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Newman sets course record, rises to top spot of PC Financial Open

Jack Newman made 11 birdies yesterday on his way to a course-record 61 and first place in the PC Financial Open.
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Jack Newman of the U.S. blew away the course record at Point Grey Golf and Country Club yesterday, carding an 11-under 61 to take a one stroke lead heading into the final round of the PC Financial Open, the kickoff event for PGA Tour Canada’s second season.

Newman recorded birdie streaks of six and four in a row, totaling 11 on the day, to forge the slim lead over Chilliwack’s Brad Clapp.

The 61 is the lowest round on PGA Tour Canada since Andrew Roque shot the same number in the final round of the 2012 Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist.

Newman’s round looked to be taking a turn for the worse at the par-3 13th, when he airmailed his approach over the green and had a tricky downhill pitch to try and save par.

But instead of possibly making a momentum-stalling bogey, the Michigan State grad holed a miraculous pitch for a birdie, his second of four consecutive birdies on the back nine from holes 12-15.

Two shots back at T3 are North Vancouver’s Eugene Wong, the 36-hole leader, and Joel Dahmen of the U.S.

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