McIlroy moves into share of lead at Canadian Open

McIlroy moves into share of lead at Canadian Open

Matt Kuchar and Scott Brown share a spot atop the leaderboard at the RBC Canadian Open but there was another golfer who had an even more impressive outing.

"When I did it at Wyndham I wasn't feeling very good about my game at all; today I was feeling good", said Snedeker, who opened with a 59 en route to winning the Wyndham Championship previous year.

Despite finishing well back when the event was last played at this venue in 2012, Kuchar sang the layout's praises. Lee Trevino (1971) and Tiger Woods (2000) are the only players to win all three in the same season, something McIlroy could do this year with victories next week at Pebble Beach and at Royal Portrush in July.

"This rough is nasty".

"You don't get these days very often on tour", he added. I hit five fairways (Thursday) and it's nearly impossible to score around here if you're missing fairways.

"And then from there, just keep giving myself chances and picking off the birdies when I can". He now has a 59 a 60 and a 61 on his PGA Tour resume.

Hadwin's round was highlighted by a hole-out for birdie from just off the green and 50 feet from the hole on the par-3 13th. If any of them can hoist the trophy, it will be the first time since 1954 that a Canadian has done so. "I kind of thought we're playing for second now". Still going through it. "I think it goes to show how much progress we're making as a country in the game and as players individually". "I've had some bad holes but so far, so good".

"Had a long look for birdie on 17; gave it a run and went about eight feet by". I definitely got into that a little bit today at the start of the back nine. Let's back to what we do and be smart about it.

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"I just find it a little amusing but it's probably because I spend a lot of time in Asia".

"Playing at home is great, the fans are great", he said. "Kind of fed off each other throughout the course of the day".

Playing alongside four-time major victor Brooks Koepka and big-hitting Justin Thomas, Snedeker, kept things rolling coming in, his birdie at the second followed by a 20-footer for eagle at the par-five fourth. A bogey at the last hole was a disappointment for the Northern Irishman but he still looms as a threat to those ahead.

Dustin Johnson, the 2018 RBC victor, is in a tie for 33rd place (4 under) with the likes of Brooks Koepka.

It was a disappointing end for Dundas native Mackenzie Hughes as he began the final round behind leader Rory McIIroy at the 2019 Canadian Open in Ancaster, but never managed to gain ground on the eventual champion.

When the Canadian Open began in 1904 it was nearly entirely homegrown talent, but as it evolved as a stop on the professional PGA Tour that national flavour disappeared.

Four Canadians were within four shots of the lead.

Only one of the three Australians in the field, Rod Pampling, was able to make it to the weekend, consecutive rounds of 69 having Pampling into the final 36 holes of an event for the first time in his last 13 starts.

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