Former University o f Kansas golfer Gary Woodland shot a 9-under 63 Friday in the second round of the Canadian Open to move to 11-under heading into the final two rounds.
Woodland, who played the back nine first, carded 10 birdies and one bogey and at one point had a string of six consecutive birdies. Woodland made birdie on all four par-5 holes and on 3 of 4 par-3 holes. At the time he finished, with several players still on the course, he was one stroke behind the leader in the clubhouse, Martin Flores.
As Woodland was wrapping up his six-hole birdie tear, which stretched from the 15th through the second, hometown favorite Chase Hanna was off to a blazing start to his professional career. Hanna, who gained a sponsors’ exemption into the Digital Ally Open at Nicklaus Golf Course at LionsGate in Overland Park, carded birdie on five of the first six holes of his professional career and fellow Jayhawk Chris Thompson, playing in the same threesome, almost kept pace, making eagle on No. 15 to go to 4-under.
They teed off on No. 10 and were still on the course when Woodland finished his round north of the border. Hanna is at 5-under through 11 holes, three strokes behind leader Andrew Landry, and Thompson is 3-under.