OAKVILLE, Ontario – Hunter Mahan birdied the final three holes Friday for an 8-under-par 64 and a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Canadian Open.
Coming off a ninth-place tie last week in the British Open, the five-time PGA Tour winner had eight birdies in his bogey-free round at Glen Abbey to reach 13-under 131.
John Merrick was second after a 62. He tied the course record set by Leonard Thompson in 1981 and matched by Andy Bean in 1983 – both when Glen Abbey played to a par of 71 – and Greg Norman in 1986. Merrick had an eagle and 10 birdies, playing the back nine in 6-under 31.
Bubba Watson was 9 under after a 67. Aaron Baddeley and Patrick Reed shot 68 to reach 8 under, and Tommy Gainey (64), Chris Kirk (69) and James Hahn (68) followed at 7 under.
Boise Open: At Boise, Idaho, Russell Knox shot the fifth 59 in Web.com Tour history Friday, missing a chance to break the tour record when he parred the final two holes in the second round.
The 28-year-old Scot had two eagles and eight birdies in his bogey-free round at 6,807-yard, par-71 Hillcrest Country Club. Knox had a one-stroke lead at 13 under.
Senior British Open: At Southport, England, American Mark Wiebe shot at 5-under 65 at Royal Birkdale for a share of the lead with Germany’s Bernhard Langer after the second round.
Langer, the 2010 champion at Carnoustie, had a 67 to match Wiebe at 5-under 135.
U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship: At Fort Wayne, Ind., Lakareber Abe moved into position to become the first black female player to win a U.S. Golf Association individual championship, winning two matches to advance to the 36-hole final.
The 17-year-old Abe, from Angleton, Texas, will face Gabriella Then in the final.
U.S. Junior Amateur: At Truckee, Calif., Scottie Scheffler, 17, of Dallas, and Davis Riley, 16, of Hattiesburg, Miss., won quarterfinal and semifinal matches at Martis Camp Club to advance to the 36-hole final.
Russian Open: At Moscow, Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead in the European Tour event.