Defending champion Eugene Wong of North Vancouver carded a crisp 6-under 66 at Sunningdale Golf and Country Club yesterday to share the lead during the second round with Mark Hubbard of the U.S. at the Tour Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial.
The 23-year-old Wong’s 66 tied for the best round of the day, while Hubbard, the winner two weeks ago at The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial, posted a 5-under 67. Murphy was 2-under par for his first nine holes before play was suspended due to darkness.
Cold, windy conditions greeted the players Friday morning in London as round one resumed at 8 a.m. following a suspension of first round play due to darkness. Hubbard said the tough conditions tested his patience and made Sunningdale a challenge Friday.
Two shots behind the trio at 8-under par are London’s own Andrew Parr, who was 3-under par for his round before play was suspended as well as American George Bradford and Alex Kang of the U.S.
Sixty-three players completed second round play yesterday, with 64 left to complete play this morning.
- Wong is looking to become the first player to successfully defend a title since Brian Kontak at the 1999 Alberta Open.
- Round Two once again saw preferred lies implemented, the sixth straight round where ‘lift, clean and place’ has been in effect going back to last week’s Cape Breton Celtic Classic.
- The current cutline is at even par, with 63 players at T54 or better.
- Wong’s week has already included an unveiling of a plaque commemorating his walk-off win at the 2012 Tour Championship of Canada and his 23rd birthday on Tuesday.