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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - July 25, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE C10 C 10 WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2015 GOLF winnipegfreepress. com GET TICKETS NOW! GREYCUPTICKETS. CA 204- 784- 7448 JOIN JONATHAN TOEWS AND HELP NOURISH THE POTENTIAL OF WINNIPEG KIDS! Jonathan is helping build a $ 5 million Nourishing Potential Fund, which supports local charities that provide food and nutrition information to youth. Thanks to generous gifts, we’re already over $ 4 million, and Winnipeg kids are learning about – and eating! – their veggies! With your help, we can help make sure they eat right for life. To make a gift or see the kids who are already benefiting, visit www. wpgfdn. org Chicago Blackhawks name and logo are registered trademarks of the NHL team. All Rights Reserved. NHL, the NHL Shield and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. NHL and NHL team marks are the property of the NHL and its teams. © NHL 2015. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission. L GIFTS RECEIVED TOTAL $$$ RAISED SINCE JUNE 26 HERE’S THE SCORE SO FAR! re PERIO D RAAISSEED 103 56,520 Jonathan Toews photo by Bill Smith/ NHLI via Getty Images. O AKVILLE, Ont. — Chad Campbell didn’t feel like he was approaching history during the second round of the Canadian Open. Rolling off birdie after birdie, Campbell missed the course record at Glen Abbey Golf Club by one stroke in shooting a 9- under- par 63. The bogeyfree masterpiece gave him the tournament lead at 14 under. “ Never really felt like it was going to be a crazy round, which nine birdies, I’m definitely happy with it,” Campbell said. “ Just solid play.” Campbell’s understated assessment of his round had a lot to do with how it unfolded. The 41- year- old American didn’t sink any remarkably memorable shots but was consistent and didn’t make many mistakes. “ It’s kind of weird because it happened with the par- fives, knocking them on ( the green) in two and two- putting,” Campbell said. “ I made a couple long putts, which always helps.” With some groups still left on the course, Campbell held a two- shot lead over Brian Harman and a three- shot lead over Johnson Wagner and Canadian David Hearn. Like Campbell, Hearn didn’t have to do anything spectacular but still surged up the leaderboard with an 8- under 64. “ I felt really good about my game,” the Brantford, Ont., native said. “ I hit a lot more greens, and my putter definitely got hot. Making those two birdies at the finish felt really, really good.” After coming a putt away from winning the Greenbrier Classic earlier this month, Hearn is back to feeling good about his game after Friday’s performance. “ If I continue to keep playing the way I am, I know I have a chance,” he said. “ I can’t control what Chad or any of the other players are going to do. But if I keep doing what I’m doing and stay focused on that, I like my chances.” Campbell’s second round notwithstanding, the RBC Canadian Open looks wide- open going into the weekend. Harman came a three- putt and a “ silly bogey” away from being right with Campbell, and 10th- ranked Jason Day is lurking at 10 under. Day is coming off tying for fourth at the British Open, which didn’t wrap up until Monday. Fighting physical and mental fatigue, the affable Aussie recorded an eagle on the 18th hole on the way to contention. Frustrated by a couple of bogeys, Day doesn’t anticipate fatigue will derail his Canadian Open. “ I’m driving it great,” Day said. “ I’d like to tune up the iron shots, but overall I’m hitting it good. “ Biggest thing for me is still trying to get as much rest as possible, especially coming off last week so that I can stay mentally sharp.” Canadian Graham DeLaet was feeling mentally sharp but physically couldn’t keep golfing. The left thumb injury he suffered on Thursday didn’t get better, so DeLaet withdrew after four holes Friday. “ When it all came down to it, I felt if I could compete and still hit the ball well, I probably would have kept going,” DeLaet said. “ But I didn’t have any kind of golf game out there today, and then it was hurting.” One stroke back of Day are world No. 3 Bubba Watson, two- time heart- transplant recipient Erik Compton and Eric Axley. “ This is what we try to do: we try to have a chance on the weekends,” Watson said. “ I’ve got one more day to get that chance Among Canadians still in the field, amateur Austin Connelly was one stroke away from matching Hearn’s mark, shooting a 7- under 65. Connelly, who represented Canada in the Pan Am Games, is at 6- under through two rounds. Fellow amateur Blair Hamilton was 5 under, one of six Canadians to make the cut along with Adam Hadwin ( 3 under) and Nick Taylor and Adam Svensson ( 2 under). In total, 91 players were 2- under or better to make the cut. Ricky Barnes had a hole- in- one on No. 4, winning a car in the process. “ It was a perfect 8- iron,” said Barnes, who’s 6 under. “ I think the yardage was 165 into a little breeze, and it just landed right in the hole and never came out.” — The Canadian Press Campbell paints Picasso at Open Takes lead at Glen Abbey after splendid round of 63 By Stephen Whyno PAUL CHIASSON / THE CANADIAN PRESS Leader Chad Campbell chips onto the eighth green during second- round play Friday at the Canadian Open. OAKVILLE, Ont. — Robert Allenby has withdrawn from the Canadian Open following a bizarre incident with his caddie during the first round. Allenby shot a 9- over 81 Thursday at Glen Abbey Golf Club and finished his round with a fan carrying his bag. That’s because, according to Score Golf, Allenby and caddie Mick Middlemo had a blow- up over club selection. Score Golf reported Allenby and Middlemo got into a heated exchange at the 13th hole, the Australian’s fourth of the day, and at the 18th the caddie walked off the course. Golfers and caddies splitting midround is extremely rare but not totally unprecedented. Jessica Korda fired her caddie after nine holes during the third round of the 2013 U. S. Open, and caddie Michael Lawson walked off the course at the 2014 Barracuda Championship, leaving Brian Stuard to depend on the kindness of strangers. This, though, follows a strange offcourse incident in Hawaii in January. After missing the cut at the Sony Open, Allenby said he was robbed and beaten and needed help from a homeless woman. “ You think... that happens in the movie, not real life,’’ Allenby told The Associated Press at the time. “ I’m just happy to be alive.” Allenby posted a photo on his Facebook account showing a facial injury that he said came from being thrown in the trunk of a car. “ I don’t know what they hit me with between the eyeballs, whether a fist or a baseball bat,’’ he told The Associated Press. “ Whatever it was, it hurts.’” Allenby stuck to his story when he returned to play later in January, saying he had “ no memory” of what happened for over two hours that night in Hawaii. The 44- year- old has missed the cut nine times and now withdrawn twice since that incident. — The Canadian Press OAKVILLE, Ont. — David Hearn looked back from the 16th hole and knew fellow Canadian Graham DeLaet had withdrawn because his name wasn’t on the board anymore. There’s no looking back now. While DeLaet is out with a thumb injury, Hearn celebrated “ Red and White Day” at the Canadian Open by shooting an 8- under 64 Friday to move to within three shots of leader Chad Campbell. By getting to 11- under through two rounds, Hearn is in contention at the midway point and has a chance to be the first Canadian to win this tournament since Pat Fletcher in 1954. “ Today was a pretty awesome day,” Hearn said, decked out in red and white like many of the fans at Glen Abbey Golf Club. “ I couldn’t be happier with where my game’s at and I’m excited about the weekend. If I keep doing what I’m doing, I feel good about my game.” The Brantford, Ont., native is tied for third place with only Campbell ( 14- under) and Brian Harman ( 12- under) ahead of him. Even with 36 holes left to play, Hearn expects to be nervous today with the home fans watching his every swing closely and a 51- year drought on their minds. “ It’s definitely going to be a lot of attention,” Hearn said. “ Everyone wants the Canadians to do well here like I do. I want to see a Canadian do well and win this tournament soon.” Hearn is in by far the best spot of the 15 Canadians left in the field. But two amateurs also moved up the leaderboard in the second round. Austin Connelly, who represented Canada at the Pan Am Games, shot a 7- under 65 to get to 6- under for the tournament. The 18- year- old noticed a drastic improvement from his first round. “ The main difference was I was hitting better quality iron shots,” said Connelly, a Dallas native whose father is from Nova Scotia. “ I gave myself a lot more looks, and then whenever I did make a mistake, my short game saved me. I had a couple of really nice pitches and bunker shots.” Blair Hamilton, a 21- year- old amateur from nearby Burlington, Ont., is right behind Connelly at 5- under after shooting a 4- under Friday. DeLaet didn’t feel like he had a chance to make the cut with a left thumb injury hampering his game. The Weyburn, Sask., native doesn’t think the injury is too serious but was bummed it forced him out of the Canadian Open. “ It hurts,” DeLaet said. “ It’s an important tournament to me.” With Mike Weir out for personal reasons, the Canadian star power took another major hit with DeLaet’s withdrawal. The pressure’s now on Hearn to carry the flag. Hearn is trying to focus on the fundamentals of hitting fairways and greens and not think too much about history and what’s at stake. “ I’m not going to be able to win the golf tournament until Sunday afternoon, so I’ve got a lot of golf to go,” Hearn said. “ It’s really hard. I haven’t been in this situation in the RBC Canadian Open before... “ I feel like my game is in a good spot right now, and I have a chance to do something fun this weekend.” — The Canadian Press By Stephen Whyno Canada’s Hearn in the hunt By Stephen Whyno Allenby WDs after 81, dust- up with caddie RICK SCUTERI / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILES Unusual things seem to happen to Robert Allenby. C_ 10_ Jul- 25- 15_ FP_ 01. indd C10 7/ 24/ 15 10: 58: 33 PM

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