Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Soft Greens Playing to Martin Flores's Strengths at RBC Canadian Open

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Soft Greens Playing to Martin Flores's Strengths at RBC Canadian Open

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Soft greens playing to Flores's strengths

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OAKVILLE, Ont. - Martin Flores is the kind of golfer who likes to attack a golf course. Get after every hole, take chances. The unusually soft greens and fairways at Glen Abbey Gold Course are playing right to that instinct.

Flores shot a 6-under 66 on Friday for a 12-under lead through two rounds at the RBC Canadian Open, taking advantage of a playing style he honed on the Web.com Tour last season.

"Playing on the Web last year was a little refreshing in that you have to shoot so low. So no matter if you're in the lead or if you're chasing, it's always -- you're always attacking. You're always trying to make birdies," said Flores after his morning round on the rain-softened fairways and greens. "That's kind of a similar situation with how the rain has been this week. You just have to keep attacking."

A rainy summer and a thunderstorm that delayed play on Thursday's first round left the normally firm Glen Abbey soft, with some of the low ground still muddy by Friday night. That just plays to Flores's strengths.

"The course is perfect," he said. "But it is a little soft right now, especially coming into the greens as compared to previous years. So the birdies are going to be out there for sure. Unless the wind picks up, but I think it's very gettable."

Flores wasn't the only one enjoying the conditions. Gary Woodland nearly tied the course record with a 9-under 63 to share second place with Matt Every (68) at 11 under and challenge Flores's lead.

"I just had everything clicking today," said Woodland, who wasn't aware of Leonard Thompson's record 62 from 1981 until after his round was done. "I've been playing well for a long time and just haven't put all the aspects together. Today I drove it well. Obviously the ball-striking was good and I saw some putts go in, and that adds up to a pretty good number.

Every started the day in a five-way tie atop the leaderboard with Ollie Schniederjans, Hudson Swafford, Brandon Hagy and Kevin Chappell. …

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