McLachlin, Wilson among the half to complete Round 1

Hawai‘i’s Parker McLachlin and Dean Wilson were among half of the field at the RBC Canadian Open who were able to finish their rounds yesterday before play was suspended due to darkness.

Play was first suspended because of lightning, then a storm hit at about 1:30 p.m. in Ontario and a wave of showers flooded the course’s bunkers and fairways. When play resumed five hours later, approximately half were able to finish.

McLachlin opened his back nine with three birdies, one of them coming on the par-4 ninth, bringing him to 3 under at the turn. A rugged back nine start with back-to-back bogeys — on the 11th and the 12th — brought him down a bit, but McLachlin was still able to finish at 2-under 69 and four shots off co-leaders Eric Axley, Mike Weir and Anthony Kim at 65.

Wilson finished at 1-over 72. His front nine started with a par on the ninth which was followed by a double bogey and a bogey. Two more bogeys on the 14th and 16th brought him to 4 over, but an eagle on the par-5 18th served as momentum for his back nine. He went on to shoot back-to-back birdies and another on the fifth, bringing him under par for the first time of the day.

A double bogey on the eighth took him back over par.

The hometown hero Weir, who played in the last Grand Slam of Golf to be held on Kaua‘i two years ago, is trying to become the first Canadian winner since Pat Fletcher in 1954. Weir had 11 one-putts and matched his best score in this tournament.

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