No nightmares for Sutherland

Brent Delahoussaye isn't the only golfer to shoot a course record 62 at the Canadian Open. (QMI...

Brent Delahoussaye isn't the only golfer to shoot a course record 62 at the Canadian Open. (QMI Agency/Michael Peake)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:54 PM ET

TORONTO -- For two years leading up to this Canadian Open, St. George's has been a logistical nightmare waiting to happen.

In tournament director Bill Paul's case, you can take that literally. The nightmare part, at least.

One of Paul's recurring nightmares, and he has had a few of them, has been one involving Kevin Sutherland. In the dream, Sutherland is at 10-under-par on Sunday evening, tied for the lead at the end of regulation play, but Paul can't find him for the playoff because Sutherland has gone to the range, several blocks away at Islington Golf Club.

"I heard something about that," said Sutherland, after matching Brent Delahoussaye's course record 62 Friday.

"I'm sorry (Paul) is not sleeping well. I don't know why I'm the one he thinks he won't find. Trust me. If I'm in a playoff I'm going to be found."

Sutherland was amazed by his own round Friday. He started play on the ninth hole and by the time he had finished the 12th, he was already five-under-par for the day.

"For me it just got silly out there, the hole got so big for me," he said. "I was making putts from everywhere. I made a putt on the last hole I don't no how far it was (56 feet).

"I got off to an unbelievable start. I went birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie, so I was five under par after four holes."

In addition to tying the course record, set on Thursday, Sutherland accomplished a personal best.

"I've had a number of 63s," he said. "In fact I think I shot a 63 at Hamilton three or four years ago. But 62 is my lowest round."

After needing 34 putts to finish off a mediocre round of 73 on Thursday, Sutherland used 24 putts in his record-tying round Friday.

"I made a ridiculous amount of putts, from distance," he said. "To shoot 62 you've got to have a few things go your way and that's what happened today.

"It was just one of those days. It's easier with lift clean and place. Greens are soft. Wind wasn't blowing. So we had the good part of the day to shoot a good score.

"If you're driving the ball in the fairway, with the greens this soft, it's not that hard. If you get in the rough, this golf course can really beat you up. I did a pretty good job of keeping it in the fairway. Everything kind of went right."

Oh, and about that nightmare ... if there is a playoff Sunday, Paul has received PGA Tour permission for any early-finishing participant to use St. George's first fairway to make his warm-up swings, just to keep him close by.


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