The days go by and are not alike for Canadian golfer Mackenzie Hughes. After a first-round 66 Thursday at the Canadian Open taking place in the Greater Toronto Area, he turned in a 75 (5) card on Friday to avoid the ax of pain and misery.
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A double bogey on the fourth hole of the St. George's course, located in the Etobicoke sector, particularly hurt Hughes. He also committed five other bogeys during this round to forget.
Nick Taylor and Aaron Cockerill are those who best defend the colors of Canada after two rounds, they who each find themselves at -2. Taylor and Cockerill shot 68 (-2) on Friday and provisionally share 21st position with a dozen other golfers.
The American Wyndham Clark, who had dazzled everyone with a score of 63 (-7) from the start, retained the lead in the competition by respecting the par of 70. The Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, with rounds of 66 and 68, is one of the golfers who are hot on his heels, with only one stroke behind. McIlroy notably had a birdie on each of the par-5 holes on Friday.
The day's performance, however, goes to American Austin Cook, who jumped 54 ranks after dropping six shots from par. He now points to the seventh level of the tournament (-5).
Henderson fights for the lead
In the LPGA, Canadian Brooke M. Henderson is in the running in New Jersey as part of the Shoprite Classic.
A first-round 67 on Friday puts her in third place, two shots behind stunning Australian point guard Stephanie Kyriacou. Showing consistency, Henderson birdied four times and went par on the other 14 holes.
Kyriacou, who is only 21 years old, for his part obtained six 'birdies', while also playing par everywhere else.
Swede Frida Kinhult is close behind her in second place, only one stroke behind after giving a card of 66.