DeLaet well placed to end Canadian title drought

Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:39pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Canada's Graham DeLaet has his sights set on ending one of golf's oldest title droughts, and was in "a great position" just two shots behind leaders Jim Furyk and Tim Petrovic after the Canadian Open second round in Montreal.

No Canadian has won the country's national open since Pat Fletcher in 1954, and DeLaet will start the weekend within striking distance after reeling off nine birdies in a seven-under-par 63 on Royal Montreal's Blue Course on Friday.

Not since Mike Weir led at the halfway mark 10 years ago has a Canadian been so well-placed after two rounds. Left-hander Weir went on to lose to Vijay Singh in a playoff.

The 32-year-old DeLaet is not planning his victory speech just yet but is confident that his broad shoulders can handle the weighty expectations of a partisan home gallery.

"I know there are a lot of hopes and expectations but I'm in a great position after two rounds and happy and excited about the weekend," he told after posting an eight-under 132 total.

"I would love to win this golf tournament. It would mean more to me than anything but I'm only halfway there."

Veterans Furyk (63) and Petrovic (66) led on 10-under 130, while DeLaet shared third place with American Kyle Stanley (67).

David Hearn (70) was the next best Canadian, seven strokes off the lead, which suggests DeLaet is the only player with a realistic chance of ending his country's 60-year title drought at the event.

DeLaet has never won on the PGA Tour, but two runner-up finishes early this year suggest he is on the verge of a long-expected breakthrough.   Continued...

Graham DeLaet tees off the 10th hole during the second round of the RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal GC - Blue Course.  Jul 25, 2014; Ile Bizard, Quebec, CANADA; Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports