W. Clark leads Rory, 4 others by 1 at Canadian

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TORONTO — Wyndham Clark closed with an unlikely par save Friday to take a 1-stroke lead over defending champion Rory McIlroy and 4 different gamers into the weekend within the RBC Canadian Open.

After bogeying Nos. 15 and 16 in windy situations at St. George’s, Clark acquired up-and-down from about 50 ft from a semi-plugged lie on the downslope in a greenside bunker on the par-4 18th. He was 7 underneath after an even-par 70.

“Actually had no probability,” Clark stated. “And I’d like to say I used to be attempting to do what I did, however I used to be attempting to punt just a little bit out to the correct and one way or the other after I got here into the ball it like plopped as much as the left and landed within the tough and trickled right down to 4 ft. It was positively the most effective save I’ve had of the yr. It was fairly superior.”

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McIlroy (68) was tied with Matt Fitzpatrick (70), Alex Smalley (67), Keith Mitchell (67) and Jim Knous (67). McIlroy needed to wait three years to defend his 2019 title due to the COVID-19 pandemic that canceled golf’s fourth-oldest championship the previous two years.

“Difficult,” McIlroy stated. “I believe the one factor this golf course wants for it to really feel just a little extra main like is only a little bit of size. I believe that is the one factor that is lacking. The tough may be very penal, the greens are tough, the wind’s up, it is drying out just a little bit due to the wind. Unexpectedly you have acquired a reasonably testing golf course.”

Fitzpatrick closed double bogey-birdie-bogey-bogey-bogey.

“Only a poor end,” Fitzpatrick stated. “Simply did not gap the putts I wanted to on the final three. Simply pathetic. Yeah, simply pathetic end actually with the putter.”

Clark birdied the par-14th to succeed in 9 underneath, then bogeyed the following two. On the par-5 15, he drove into the correct fairway bunker and saved bogey with a 10-footer. On the par-3 sixteenth, he missed a 7½-foot par strive after hitting brief and proper right into a bunker.

“Truthfully, I performed very well,” Clark stated. “It was robust on the market. It was windy, there was some robust pin placements. You guys have seen, these greens are very robust and also you get into some robust spots the place it’s a must to be defensive even from 10, 15 ft.”

Clark opened with a 63 on Thursday after rallying Monday in a 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier to get into the sector subsequent week at The Nation Membership exterior Boston.

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler was 4 underneath after a 67.

Aaron Cockerill and Nick Taylor had been the highest Canadians, tied for twenty first at 2 underneath. Cockerill, making his PGA Tour debut, shot a 68. Taylor had a 70.

“First PGA Tour occasion and I am in a good place going into the weekend,” Cockerill stated. “Type of the place I need to be and see if we are able to throw a low one on the board tomorrow and see what occurs.”

PGA champion Justin Thomas additionally was 2 underneath after his second 69.

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