Tyler McCumber leads by 5 strokes heading into the weekend of the Mackenzie Tour Osprey Valley Open. McCumber is looking for his first win on the Mackenzie Tour. He is a three time winner on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica. Good luck Tyler on the weekend!

Caledon, Ontario, Canada — Playing the best round relative to par of the Mackenzie Tour season, Tyler McCumber claims that he just “sent it” as he took full advantage of a scoreable Friday morning on Osprey Valley’s Toot course, firing a course record-setting 61.

The number gives the Ponte Vedra, FL native a five-stroke lead heading into the weekend with a two-day total of 18-under, the second lowest in Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada history, trumped only by Zach Wright’s 19-under mark earlier this season in Lethbridge.

The 27-year-old has been playing splendid golf since his opening tee shot on Thursday, making nine birdies on each day of the event. On Friday, though, McCumber managed a blemish-free card and added an eagle on his 10th hole of the day.

“I had it tracking and played good today,” said the 25th ranked player on the Order of Merit. “I obviously got some momentum going at the turn with that eagle, it was definitely a good day.”

While McCumber may have gained momentum from his eagle on 10, looking at the card, it looks as if he had it the whole way through.

Starting on the back nine, McCumber made three consecutive birdies from holes No. 11-13 before closing the nine with three more on Nos. 15, 16 and 18.

After backing up his difficult eagle putt on the first hole with a birdie on the second, the son of former PGA TOUR player Mark McCumber, who won and THE PLAYERS Championship in 1998, was officially on 59-watch.

“I was thinking it (could be a special day) when the momentum shifted at the turn after the eagle putt,” said McCumber. “It was a dicey right to left bleeder that just caught the left side and went in, and then I birdied two, my 11th hole, and started to think it could be a special day then.”

It appeared as if nothing could stop McCumber. However, he wasn’t alone in stirring up a storm, as a drastic tilt in the weather hit as the afternoon began and picture-perfect scoring conditions were wiped away by 40 km/h winds.

“The wind picked up on the back nine, the actual front nine, and it ended up playing a little bit harder,” said McCumber. “The course was definitely still gettable, though.”

For most in the field, this wasn’t quite the case. But McCumber managed a birdie on the sixth and had a 15-foot eagle look on his 17th to put him at 12-under on the day.

While the putt slipped by, the tap-in birdie set up a stress-free par on the final hole to set the course record. Conditions proved difficult for the afternoon wave as McCumber held the same five-stroke lead at the end of the day as he had when he tapped in on 18.

Drew Weaver and Lee Hodges draw into second place at 13-under, while James Love and Nick Kenney are eyeing the Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week Award, each at 9-under.

Key Information

· If Drew Weaver sounds like a familiar name, it’s because it is. In 2009, Weaver was T40 at the U.S. Open. Struggling to find a firm standing on the PGA TOUR, Weaver played on the Mackenzie Tour in 2015 where he won the PC Financial Open and finished the season in the eighth spot on the money list. Finishing in 97th spot on the 2016 Web.com Tour money list, the Newport News, Virginia, native retained his card the following season, but has since lost status on the circuit.

· Jonathan Khan made five birdies on the back nine to follow up his first-round 64 with a second-round 68. Khan has one top-10 finish thus far this season, at the Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open, and has made the cut on four other occasions.

· Currently tied with James Love for low Canadian, Nick Kenney is a teaching professional at the National Golf Club in Toronto and Monday qualified into the Osprey Valley Open.

· Shooting 37 on his front nine, Thomas Baik rebounded nicely on the back side with four birdies between hole Nos. 12-16 to shoot 69 and head into the weekend T5.

· With three top-25s to his name already this season, Cory Pereira looks to improve on his season best T8 performance at the Windsor Championship. Pereira has only made two bogeys through the first two days at Osprey Valley, recording rounds of 66 and 67 and sits T5 at 11-under.

· With destiny in his own hands, Sam Fidone can lock up a spot in the RBC Canadian Open with a solo-17th place or better finish this week at Osprey Valley. Bringing the momentum with him from his six birdies in his final seven holes on Thursday, Fidone made only a single bogey on his way to a 68 to heads into Saturday in a tie for fifth.

· The second-low rounds of the day belonged to JD Tomlinson and Andrew Buchanen with 64s. The former made seven birdies and an eagle on the par-4 sixth hole while the latter made an eagle on each side to go along with four birdies.

· Swede Mathias Dahl has only made a single bogey through two rounds at Osprey Valley, recording rounds of 68 and 67. Dahl is currently ranked 121 on the Mackenzie Tour Order of Merit.

· With 14 birdies through the first two rounds, Michael Schoolcraft has his sights set on his first top-10 finish of the season, currently T5 through the opening two rounds.

Quotable

“I have been playing some good golf and just haven’t quite put it together for four rounds, but I’ve been working on some stuff and it’s finally clicking, it’s nice to put it all together these past two days. I’m just going to keep sending it, keep pressing, just keep trying to make birdies and go from there.”

– Tyler McCumber

 “Today was a lot harder than yesterday because the wind picked up on our last 14 holes. The downwind holes are very gettable, but the into the wind holes you have to buckle down and make pars.”

– Michael Schoolcraft

“It honestly feels like you just have to take advantage of all your scoring chances and, at the end of the day, you look back and realize how many shots you gave away even when you shoot a low score. You just try to take it one shot at a time and capitalize on every single hole out here to keep up with the leaders.”

– Michael Schoolcraft

“Pedal to the medal, that’s all you can do out here. I’m sure everyone is going to be thinking the same exact thing whether it’s the leader or a guy who just made the cut, tomorrow’s going to just be birdies after birdies”

– Michael Schoolcraft

“It was a great day, I honestly got lucky with the wave, but played good golf too and made some putts. We all get on the wrong side sometimes, it was awesome to see guys like Jake Johnson make the cut in that wave. I was happy I took advantage of getting lucky this week and I played well. I’m just going to play to win tomorrow, play smart, but aggressive and see what happens.”

– Corey Pereira  

Second-Round Weather: Sunny, High of 26. Wind 5-40 KM/h.

Source: PGATOUR.COM July 20, 2018
By Brendan Stasiewich