Wilson, Clark get to 10-under at Canadian

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:03 PM ET

The birdies just kept on coming Friday and a couple of veteran pros did some of their best dart throwing just before dusk in a second day of relentless assault against par at St. George’s Golf and Country Club.

American Dean Wilson and South Africa’s Tim Clark took advantage of soft greens and diminished evening breezes to both get to 10-under-par Friday night, the only players in the field to get into double-figures.

Wilson fired his second consecutive 65 while Clark carded a 64 to go with his opening round 66 to share the lead at the halfway point.

Despite a late start to the day, all players finished just before dark, leaving 82 players still in the hunt after the field was cut at one-under-par.

Heavy rains overnight Thursday delayed the start of play by two hours Friday morning and made the fairways and greens soft, just the kind of conditions that turn tour pros into predators.

“The way the course is set up, it’s a premium on accuracy of ball-striking,” said Wilson, whose only previous PGA Tour win was at the 2006 International in Colorado. “I’m excited. I’ve been missing a few cuts so it’s nice to get into the mix.

First-round leader Brent Delahoussaye followed up his course record-setting 62 with a 69 Friday and sits in a third-place tie with Steve Wheatcroft at nine-under. J.J. Henry, Rob Grube, Hunter Mahan and Brock MacKenzie sit another stroke back at eight-under.

Adam Hadwin, of Abbotsford, B.C. is the low Canadian at six-under, a shot better than Tour veteran Stephen Ames and four shots better than Jon Mills. They are the only three Canadians to make the cut.

Clark got his first win on this side of the Atlantic when he won the prestigious Players Championship this past May but has played inconsistently since then.

“I haven’t played that great since the Players,” he said. “My game’s been in good shape but I’ve been waiting to get on a golf course that suits my game.”

The fairways and greens will have most of the day Saturday to firm up, with more difficult conditions a result. But more evening rain is in the forecast for Saturday with sunshine on Sunday so it’s unlikely that scoring will suffer.

“If it stays soft, I think there will continue to be some good scores,” said Clark.

The golf course yielded its second 62 yesterday to veteran Kevin Sutherland who had opened with a mediocre 73.


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