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Furyk co-leads at Canadian Open, DeLaet lurking

Weekend Preview – PGA Tour – RBC Canadian Open –Royal Montreal Golf Club Blue Course – Quebec, Canada –

Two players – Jim Furyk and Graham DeLaet – tied the course record shooting 7-under-63 in round two of the PGA Tour’s RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal Golf Club.

The tournament, which is the third oldest national championship in the world, reached the half-way point with Furyk and Tim Petrovic tied at the top at 10-under overall.

Furyk, looking for his first win in more than three seasons, is a 36-hole co-leader for the 24th time in his career. He has failed to close the last few seasons, certainly a concern heading into the weekend.

Furyk’s bogey-free round showcased his hot putter and ball-striking. He is first this week in Green in Regulation. He is a perfect 18 of 18 in greens on the back nine this week.

Canada’s DeLaet matched Furyk Friday. He sits T-3 alongside Kyle Stanley at 8-under overall and two back. DeLaet is trying to become for the Canadian-born player to win this title in more than 55 years.

Graeme McDowell headlines a group at 7-under overall and T-5 , while several high-profile, proven champions are inside the Top 10 with two rounds to play including Tim Clark, Nick Watney and World No. 7 Matt Kuchar.

Look for Furyk, who has only closed four of 23 times when leading or co-leading after 36 holes, to hang around throughout Sunday with a shot to win. At 12-to-1 odds to start the week at Ladbrokes.com, he was a co-betting favorite in Canada.

Several big names missed the cut in Canada including former World No. 1 Luke Donald, long-hitting Dustin Johnson and Hunter Mahan.

Other Golf News:

  • Bernhard Langer (11-under overall) coasted into the weekend with a seven-shot advantage at the Senior Open Championship. Colin Montgomerie, winner of the last two Champions Tour majors, is T-2 at 4-under. Langer blew a late lead at this event last year before losing the title in a playoff against Mark Wiebe.
  • After losing both four-ball matches in Day One, the U.S. team rallied to go 2-0 against Spain Friday in Day Two action at the LPGA Tour’s International Crown. Rolex Ranking No. 1 Stacy Lewis leads the U.S. squad in the event outside Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Furyk is a two-time Canadian Open champion, although those victories at different venues.
  • Langer, 57 years old, entered the week at a 5 ½-1 betting selection.