Kevin Tway shot a 7-under par 65 on Friday at Glen Abbey and will take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the RBC Canadian Open.
The 30-year old Tway finished his second day in Canada with eight birdies against a single bogey en route to a two day score of 13-under par.
“I drove it pretty well. I think I hit a bunch of fairways. I was hitting it pretty long, so I had a lot of wedges, and made a couple putts, so yeah, everything was going pretty well,” said Tway, the son of former PGA Tour star Bob Tway.
One back was Keegan Bradley who shot a low-round 63, highlighted by three eagles, and a final four holes of birdie-eagle-birdie-eagle, to reach 12-under par, alongside Whee Kim (65) at T2.
“That was wild,” said Bradley of the 6-under par four-hole finish. “It turned kind of an average day out here into something really special.
“There’s not many courses you can do that on like you can out here. That’s what makes it such a great event.”
Johnson Wagner (65) and Byeong Hun An (67) were two shots back at 11-under par, and rounded out the top five on the board.
One further behind was a logjam of four players at 10 under, headlined by world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who carded a blemish-free 66.
“I hit it well. Hit a lot of really good shots, had a lot of good looks at birdies, and made a lot of good putts that didn’t go in, too,” said Johnson.
“But it was really solid. I felt like I played solid all day. I was in control of the golf ball and gave myself a lot of opportunities.”
Chilean star Joaquin Niemann (67) was another name in the T6 group alongside Johnson.
Following a second-round 69, Englishman Ian Poulter was among five more players at 9-under par. Poulter’s compatriot, Tommy Fleetwood, shot a 71 and was six shots off the pace at 7-under par.
Spain’s Sergio Garcia opened with a 67 but then followed it up with a 74 to miss the cut by a shot. Bubba Watson (70-74) and Brooks Koepka (77-70) were also sent home early.
THE LEADING PACK
1. Kevin Tway -13
2. Keegan Bradley -12
2. Whee Kim -12
4. Johnson Wagner -11
4. Byeong Hun An -11
6. Dustin Johnson -10
6. Aaron Baddeley -10
6. Joaquin Niemann -10
“Yeah, it’s nice. It’s always nice to make a bunch of birdies. Being near the top is what you practice for, so I’ll just keep trying to do the same thing the next two days.”
– Kevin Tway