Na leads rain-hit Canadian Open
Kevin Na holds a two-shot lead in the RBC Canadian Open following a rain-disrupted opening round in Oakville.
Kevin Na holds a two-shot lead in the RBC Canadian Open following a rain-disrupted opening round at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville.
The American birdied the last five holes to score a nine-under 63 and hold the edge over Scott Verplank, Retief Goosen and Joe Durant.
A seven-hour rain delay made it a frustrating day for many players and the opening round was eventually suspended due to darkness.
By that time, Na was already in the clubhouse following a sparkling bogey-free round which produced nine birdies in total.
Verplank, who started on the back nine, was also flawless shooting six of his seven birdies before the turn.
Goosen was not deterred by the inclement weather either, holing an eagle on the par-five 13th and adding five birdies on his way to a seven-under 65.
Durant was the only player among the top four to drop a shot, on his final hole, but it was not too much of a disappointment for the American who had preceded that with a stunning hole-in-one on the par-three seventh.
“It was like 147 to the hole, which for me was kind of an in-between shot,” Durant said of his achievement.
“I hit a nice little smooth 8-iron. It hit about 4 feet past and drew back in.”
Jimmy Walker was one shot further back on six under par, but could shake up the leaderboard early tomorrow as the American still has four holes to play in his opening round.
Walker had scored seven birdies and one bogey when play was halted.
Behind Walker sits a group of 11 players tied on four under, with Steve Elkington the only non-American among them.
The Australian fired five birdies and one bogey for a round of 68.
Ryder Cup star Luke Donald recovered from a bogey on the par-four 14th by making two birdies in the last three holes to finish his round on one under.
ALL THE FIRST ROUND SCORES
(USA unless stated, par 71):
Note: Round 1 play has been suspended due to darkness. Play is scheduled to resume at 07:30. local time on Friday.
63 Kevin Na
65 Joe Durant, Retief Goosen (Rsa), Scott Verplank
68 Patrick Sheehan, Chris Riley, Jason Dufner, Harrison Frazar, Kevin Sutherland, Steve Elkington (Aus), Dean Wilson, Frank Lickliter II
69 Ryan Palmer, Billy Mayfair, Brian Bateman, Y.E. Yang (Kor)
70 Charlie Wi (Kor), John Merrick, Craig Barlow, Mathias Gronberg (Swe), Bob Heintz, Steve Allan (Aus)
71 Brad Adamonis, Chris DiMarco, Scott Piercy, Webb Simpson, Jeff Klauk, Trevor Immelman (Rsa), Mark Calcavecchia, Mike Weir (Can), Troy Kelly, Luke Donald (Eng), Bryce Molder
72 Michael Bradley, Jeff Maggert, Omar Uresti, Joe Ogilvie, J.P. Hayes, Jonathan Byrd, Tyler Aldridge
73 Chez Reavie, Peter Lonard (Aus), Billy Andrade, J.B. Holmes, Mathew Goggin (Aus), Sean O’Hair, Ryuji Imada (Jpn), Jason Gore
74 Vaughn Taylor, Eric Axley, Ian Leggatt (Can), Tom Pernice Jnr.
75 Bubba Watson
76 Matthew Borchert
77 John Daly
78 Mark Brooks
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