While Jim Rutledge’s second-round 70 was good enough to earn him this year’s Super Senior title at the PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada, the real test for the six-time tournament winner will come Friday.
In the final group in the senior division, Rutledge will try to fend off Scott Allred, who sits just one stroke back, and Philip Jonas, who is two back after a second consecutive 68.
PGA of Canada President Gord Percy, who’s second-straight 69 has him four strokes back, and Redwood Meadows pro Kent Fukushima, who fired the round of the day on Thursday at Connaught Golf Club in Medicine Hat, a six-birdie 67 to sit just three back.
Rutledge, who retains the same one-stroke lead he brought into the round, was able to find the bottom of the cup on Thursday, making six birdies, but four bogeys prevented him from duplicating his opening-round 64.
“Our whole group was a little scrappy today. We’d make a few birdies and then give them away,” said Rutledge, who will celebrate his 63rd birthday on Friday.
“There were some good pin placements today. If you missed in the wrong spot, it was hard to get up and down. I finished well though, made birdie on three of the last four, gave one back with the wrong club on 17, but I’ll learn from that,” said Rutledge.
A win on Friday would bring his victory total at this event to seven, just one behind the record of eight held by Moe Norman. He’ll be paired once again with Allred on Friday, as well as long-time friend Philip Jonas.
“We’ve known each other a long, long time and get the best of each other when we’re on the golf course,” said Rutledge. “We’ve played this event quite a few times and have had some good runs at it.”
Jonas’ round got off to a hot start with an eagle on the five second hole. That, in addition to three birdies on his final-four holes, was good enough for his second consecutive 68.
“I’m playing not bad, if I can keep playing the way I’m playing it should be ok,” said the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club teaching professional. “I’ve been good at managing and making good scores out of some bad things.
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