Sutherland creeping up on Rose

MIKE RUTSEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

ANCASTER -- For a guy who needed to hole a 20-footer for a birdie on his final hole Friday just to make the cut, Kevin Sutherland had to be feeling pretty good about himself.

Sutherland, in the sixth group of the day, came from virtually nowhere with a round of seven-under 63 yesterday -- the fourth pro to shoot a course record 63 at the tournament -- to vault himself back into contention in a wide-open Canadian Open.

It was moving day at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club, and while Sutherland shot the day's low round, it was just one of a host of fine rounds set up by overnight and early morning rains that softened already receptive greens.

Sutherland ended the day four shots back of tournament leader Justin Rose, who carded a five-under 65 to sit at 199, 11-under par.

It was a day of how low could you go?

A quartet of golfers are one shot back at 10 under -- Bart Bryant after a 64, Trevor Immelman, who shot 66, Sean O'Hair, 66, and Jonathan Byrd, 67.

Twelve golfers are within four shots of Rose, who has yet to win on the PGA Tour.

Immelman, the super rookie on the Tour with a win at the Cialis Western Open and more than $3 million US in earnings this year, said it will take another hot round today.

"With this tight a bunch and with a nice course that's receptive, I think someone's going to go out and shoot five or six under," Immelman said. "I think if you go 15 or 16 (under), you'll probably have a good chance."

Steve Lowery, who is two shots back after a 64, said he'll have to put the pedal to the metal today.

"I'd like to go out and have a day like I did (yesterday)," he said of what his strategy will be. "Whoever has a hot day will win. You have to have to have the attitude, 'Just go for it.' "

Rose, of England, said he's taking nothing for granted.

"I think with the way it's bunched, my lead is not really a lead," he said. "I know somebody behind me will shoot a good score so I've got to shoot a good score as well."

Although he hasn't won on the PGA Tour, Rose has four international victories on his resume.

"I had two great chances to win last year and finished one back (in both)," he said. "I've been in the mix so I'm not frustrated by it."

Nobody within a sniff of the lead believes they're out of it and that includes Sutherland.

"If you're within five shots you've got a shot," he said. "You've probably got to be breaking the course record but I think you've got a shot."


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