Hunter Mahan: Bogey-Free 2nd Round Gives Him RBC Canadian Open Lead

RBC Canadian Open: Hunter Mahan Makes a Big Move in Second Round

Hunter Mahan RBC Canadian Open

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Hunter Mahan is doing everything in his power to ensure that a Canadian fails to win the RBC Canadian Open for one more. Heck, it’s already been 59 years, what’s one more, right? Mahan fired an eight under par 64 in the second round to move to 13 under par and take a two shot lead over fellow American John Merrick into the weekend. Bubba Watson is hot on their heels, however, sitting at nine under par after two rounds.

It’s looking more and more like a Canuck will fail to pick up a win at their national open for yet another year. Mike Weir has the best score of any of his countrymen – and he is currently only four under par. That’s a lot of ground to make up in two rounds in non-major championship conditions.

Mahan carded a clean scorecard in the second round that consisted of eight birdies and 10 pars. Whenever you can finish a round with no blemishes on your card, you have to consider the day to be a success. His round wouldn’t have been nearly as positive had Mahan failed to birdie the final three holes of the second round. “I just played free,” he said. “That’s how I think I was able to birdie the last three, because I just kind of kept my head up and kept going. I wasn’t really thinking about finishing strong or anything, I was just trying to finish that hole and stay in the present as much as I could and not get too caught up in the leaderboard or anything else.”

It’s pretty clear at this point that the drought of Canadian champions at this event is going to continue for at least one more year. There is still a lot of golf left to be played and the leaderboard is fairly tight at the top. There are also some golfers, like Graeme McDowell, who seemed to find their form in the second round. If they keep things going over the two weekend rounds, one of those guys could very well find themselves in contention for the title.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.


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