Just four Canadians are left at the 2009 RBC Canadian Open. Twelve others are going home.
It will be up to Stephen Ames, Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet and Chris Baryla to carry the Maple Leaf into the third round on Sunday and try to end the country's 55-year drought at the national championship.
Pat Fletcher was the last Canuck to win the Canadian Open, in 1954 at the Point Grey Golf Club in Vancouver.
Ames of Calgary and Weir of Bright's Grove, Ont., are among a group of four players tied for 20th place at seven under, six shots off the lead held by American Jason Dufner. Weir played himself back into contention with a six-under 66 on Saturday.
His score was in some doubt after his round because his ball moved just prior to him hitting his approach on the 18th hole. But after a lengthy review of the shot with rules officials following his round, it was determined he did nothing wrong. His score of four on the par-five hole stood and he signed his scorecard.
"That's probably the longest signature I have had to wait for," said Weir, who tied for fifth place last year. "I wanted to do make sure we did it right, and I wanted to see what I'd done, and if I had done anything [against the rules]"
Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., was tied for 35th place at five under. The rising star on the Canadian Tour - he has two wins this season and two other top-three finishes - also shot 66 to climb from 109th place after the first round.
Chris Baryla of Vernon, B.C., was another shot back after shooting 71. Baryla is having a fine year on the Nationwide Tour, with two top-five finishes in five starts, and has put his back troubles behind him.
Among the Canadians missing the cut was amateur standout Matt Hill of Bright's Grove. No. 2 in the world amateur rankings, he had a chance to qualify for the final two rounds but made bogeys on two of the back nine's par-fives. He finished at one under.
Fellow national team member Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., finished well down at eight over.
Other Canucks missing the cut were: Stuart Anderson, Dustin Risdon, Ian Leggatt, Bryan DeCorso, amateur Cam Burke, Wes Heffernan, amateur Graham Baillargeon, Richard T. Lee, Kyle German and Andrew Parr.
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