Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Furyk, DeLaet, Kuchar an Impressive Threesome at Canadian Open

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Furyk, DeLaet, Kuchar an Impressive Threesome at Canadian Open

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DeLaet ties Royal Montreal course record

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MONTREAL - It was almost as if Jim Furyk, Graham DeLaet and Matt Kuchar were a team when they went on a birdie spree in the second round of the US$5.7 million RBC Canadian Open on Friday.

The threesome were all smiles after they combined for 22 birdies (and only three bogeys), while Furyk and DeLaet tied the course record with 63s in near-perfect scoring conditions at Royal Montreal's usually daunting Blue course.

Furyk, who birdied four straight holes early in his round, emerged with a share of the tournament lead at 10-under 130 with veteran Tim Petrovic, who shot 66.

Weyburn, Sask., native DeLaet in was in a tie for third at 8-under 132 with Kyle Stanley, who had 67.

"They're fun to play golf with," Furyk said of DeLaet and Kuchar. "We chatted a lot out there.

"And then to have everyone play well, you're seeing birdie putts going in, it's a lot of fun. And I think you can feed off that a little bit. Those guys are making birdies, you feel like putts are going in, it's a good vibe."

In a way they are a team. They are among the 10 PGA Tour players sponsored by RBC that includes Graeme McDowell, who had five birdies of his own for a 65 to sit at 7-under 133 along with Justin Hicks (67), Scott Brown (66) and Andrew Svoboda (66).

Kuchar's 65 put him in a group at 6-under 134 that included first-round co-leader Michael Putnam, who shot 70.

The entire RBC-sponsored crew plays the Canadian Open, which many top stars skipped to rest up after last week's British Open at Royal Liverpool.

The 44-year-old Furyk had extra motivation. He won the event back-to-back in 2006 and 2007. One more win would put him in a tie for the second-most Canadian Open titles with Tommy Armour, Sam Snead and Lee Trevino. Leo Diegel won four in the 1920s.

"Winning any event is special," said Furyk, who has 16 career victories. "I've had a lot of success (in Canada) and really a lot of support here.

"But we're only at the halfway point."

Furyk came into the tournament off a sizzling 65 at Royal Liverpool on Sunday that got him fourth place in the British Open. He hopped on a charter after that round to get to the Canadian Open in time to readjust to the Eastern time zone and get reacquainted with the course, which he played while on the U.S. team that defeated the Internationals at the 2007 Presidents Cup.

With the fairways and greens softened by heavy rain on Wednesday, Royal Montreal was ready to be taken.

"The golf course is soft and receptive, and they have it set up where we can attack and fire at pins, so scores are going to be good," he said. "It would be a totally different scenario if these greens were firm."

DeLaet isn't short of motivation either. Canada's top-ranked player at No. …

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