Canadian Open

Canadian Open : Brandt Snedeker’s early record-tying round didn’t stand up to late charges by Scott Brown and Matt Kuchar at the RBC Canadian Open on Friday. Snedeker fired a 10-under 60 to tie the Canadian Open’s record low score. That was good enough for an early clubhouse lead at 11 under at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

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But Kuchar and Brown, playing in the afternoon, went low, too, shooting 7-under 63s and finishing the second round as co-leaders at 12 under.

Brandt Snedeker had a pretty solid day as he approached his last hole at Hamilton Golf and Country Club. He held the lead by two strokes and was 9 under in Friday’s second round, but he wasn’t done yet.

With a birdie on the 9th hole — his eighth birdie of the day — Snedeker finished the second round at the RBC Canadian Open with a 60, becoming the first player since 1983 to record at least one round of 59, 60 and 61 on the PGA Tour.

“I think it’s my putting. When I get hot, I feel like the hole is a beach ball to me,” said Snedeker, who played alongside Justin Thomas (65 to get to 5 under) and Brooks Koepka (66, 4 under). “I’m not scared about going low. I realize these days don’t happen very often. So it almost gets me more excited if I feel like it’s going that way.”

Matt Kuchar and Scott Brown share the 36-hole lead at 12 under entering Saturday’s third round of the RBC Canadian Open.

Kuchar and Brown are one shot clear of Brandt Snedeker and Canadian Nick Taylor at 11 under, Webb Simpson is two back in solo fifth and a host of contenders are lurking on the bunched-up leaderboard at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

The second round of the RBC Canadian Open featured course- and tournament-scoring records, as well as a plethora of low rounds that had the leaderboard bleeding red. One of the reasons for the low scores was the slow pace on the greens that allowed players to get a bit more aggressive with their putting.

Of all the rounds, none were better than Brandt Snedeker’s 60, which saw the 2013 champion hit 17 or 18 greens and use just 27 putts.

Good vibrations and the breezes of summer. Man, we’ve all certainly been waiting for this.

Let it be noted, then, that on the first Friday of June the stars all aligned for this revitalized professional golf tournament known as the RBC Canadian Open, delivering something quite special and new.

As a gorgeous morning gave way to a luscious late afternoon, the golf purists began to be outnumbered by the plaid shirts and those who had come to party all night to the music of the Florida George Line. Beer was chugged and barbecue scented the air. Children sold lemonade on the front lawns of houses just outside the grounds of the century-old Hamilton Golf and Country Club and, like a Tiger-Cats home game, locals sold space on their driveways for parking at $40 a vehicle.