Canadian Open set for battle of the generations

The Canadian Open leaderboard took on a retro tinge after veteran American Chad Campbell climbed into a share of the second round lead on Friday with two of golf’s elder statesmen lurking one shot back.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Sat 23 Jul 2011, 11:40 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:36 PM

Carrying over his superb form from the British Open where he finished in a tie for fifth, 37-year-old Campbell took advantage of ideal scoring conditions to card a three-under 67 on an intriguing day at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club that featured glimpses into golf’s past and future.

Unheralded American Michael Thompson, who spent last season playing in golf’s lower leagues on the Hooters Tour, was an unfamiliar name on the leaderboard, signing for a 66 to join Campbell on four-under 136.

But for the older crowd there was no need to introduce the two men chasing the leaders as 46-year-old Lee Janzen and 47-year-old Paul Goydos turned back the clock with second round charges.

Janzen, a two-time U.S. Open champion who has not won a PGA Tour event since 1998, thrilled the gallery carding a tidy two-under 68 while Goydos had a 69 to leave both one men one off the pace.

“I’ve hit good shots on tough courses when it mattered before and that’s what I have to remember,” Janzen told reporters. “Golfers beat themselves up. We’re all optimistic about the future and pessimistic about the present.

“You have to have patience but perseverance is even more important.”

The 107th Canadian Open could yet be remembered for a showdown of the generations with golf’s Golden Oldies being hotly pursued by the new generation led by colourful American 22-year-old Rickie Fowler and 26-year-old South African Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.

Fowler, who was just two when Janzen turned professional, had a 69 and Schwartzel a 67 to join Australia’s 2006 U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy (68) and group of four other golfers two shots back.

Also in the pack at two-under 138 are Canadians David Hearn (68) and 23-year-old Adam Hadwin (66), who signaled a changing of the guard in Canadian golf moving into contention on the same day that Mike Weir, the 2003 Masters champion, was forced to withdraw from the event with an elbow injury.

No Canadian has claimed the national championship since Pat Fletcher in 1954.

“I wouldn’t say there is any added pressure,” said Hadwin. “I think me and David are trying to win the thing.

“We’re both going to prepare like we’re going to win a championship.”

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