Ames taking Open in stride

Stephen Ames in front of a Canadian flag on the second hole of the Canadian Open Golf Championship....

Stephen Ames in front of a Canadian flag on the second hole of the Canadian Open Golf Championship. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:39 PM ET

For Stephen Ames, it’s mission accomplished. Now his Canadian Open is in the hands of the golf gods and a makeshift driver.

Ames, of Calgary, is sitting at five-under-par, in a 23rd-place tie at St. George’s Golf and Country Club, five shots off the lead with 36 holes to play.

“I did my feat, which was to get to the weekend,” he said with a laugh. “But no, I don’t stress at all. No. I’m just going to enjoy myself. That’s all I can do.”

Ames would prefer to have gone a bit deeper under par in ideal scoring conditions but he’s not complaining.

“I’m a little too far back to some extent,” he said. “I’d like to be a little closer, but I like where I am at this stage.

“I think I have a low one in me, if I get my golf swing in a little bit better position and make the putts that I’ve been making the last couple days, yeah, I think I have a low one in me.”

After his round Thursday, Ames was unhappy with his driver, so he reshafted his old one and it worked well for him Friday.

Ames trails low Canadian Adam Hadwin by a shot. Jon Mills sits at two-under-par. Because not everyone finished their second rounds Friday, no cut will be made until Saturday morning, but it’s believed it will be only players at two-under and better who will play the weekend.

That excludes 15 of the 18 Canadians. Matt Hill at -1, as well as Graham DeLaet, Ted Brown and Chris Ross were near-misses.

“It’s more disappointing missing the cut here than any other week, that’s for sure,” said DeLaet. “I had high expectations, and you know, just meant a lot to me, too.

“But I’ll be back next year, I’m sure. And hopefully I can play a little better then.”

List of Canadians

1. Adam Hadwin -6

2. Stephen Ames -5

3. Jon Mills -2

4. Matt Hill -1

5. Graham DeLaet E

6. Ted Brown E

7. Chris Ross E

8. Cam Burke +1

9. Dave Bunker +2

10. Eugene Wong +3

11. Nick Taylor +3

12. David Hearn +3

13. Jeff Puska +5

14. Barrett Jarosch +5

15. Beon Yeong Lee +5

16. Mike Weir +6

17. Jim Rutledge +7

18. Ben Boudreau +16


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