It ain't Shaughn-easy

The gallery tries to get a glimps of Luke Donald's after hitting out of the rough on the sixth hole...

The gallery tries to get a glimps of Luke Donald's after hitting out of the rough on the sixth hole during the second round of the RBC Canadian Open at Shaughnessy Golf And Country Club in Vancouver, BC, July, 22, 2011. (RICHARD LAM, QMI Agency)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

VANCOUVER - The latest instalment of the RBC Canadian Open has been all about length.

There has been chatter about the length of the golf course, the length of the rough, the length of the commute from last week's British Open and, of course, the length of time that has passed since a Canuck claimed the trophy on home turf.

What we haven't heard about -- and might not over the next two days, either -- is a lengthy stay atop the leaderboard at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.

There hasn't been one.

Just ask Scott Piercy, who spent about an hour at the top of the mountain during Friday's round but tumbled with two bogeys and a double on his back nine and will enter the weekend at even-par.

"It's hard to maintain it, you know? The golf course doesn't let up," Piercy said. "There's not one hole that lets up, so you've got be on your game every hole, every shot, every putt.

"It's tough. You can make a few birdies, but there are just no easy holes. You almost feel like you've played 18 holes after 12. It's just a tough, tough golf course."

If Piercy was, indeed, finished after a dozen holes, he would have sat down to lunch with a share of the clubhouse lead.

Instead, he watched his name disappear from the electronic leaderboards after a couple of run-ins with the gnarly rough at Shaughnessy.

Chad Campbell fired a three-under 67 in the second round, grabbing the clubhouse lead after the morning session with a two-day total of four-under.

He was one shot better than playing partner Paul Goydos, who mixed four birdies and three bogeys en route to a one-under 69 and a two-day tally of three-under.

The third member of their threesome was actually atop the leaderboard for a short time, too. Chez Reavie, who carved 17 shots off par to win the 2008 Canadian Open, birdied his first three holes to move into a tie for top spot, only to give them all back -- and then some -- before signing for a one-over 71.

"It's one of those courses that if you don't hit every shot, you're going to struggle to make par," Goydos said. "Your tee shot, approach shot, whatever. We are pros. We are supposed to be able to do that."

The low scores in Friday's morning session belonged to Scott McCarron and Tommy Gainey. McCarron rolled in eight birdie putts and Gainey made seven, but both also added some bogeys en route to identical scores of five-under 65.

McCarron has a two-day total of one-under 139, three shots better than Gainey. When first-round leader Kris Blanks teed off Friday afternoon, the projected cutline was at threee-over.

Of the half-dozen Canadians who had morning times, none will be sticking around for the weekend.

That includes fan favourite Mike Weir of Bright's Grove, Ont., who withdrew after finishing only six holes in the second round, citing a sore right elbow. You can blame the rough for that, too.

"I can tell you this, there will be a lot of guys in the physio trailer all weekend. You can bank on that," Gainey said. "It could possibly have an effect on playing the next tournament next week. I think the rough is tall enough it could cause some injuries."

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