Date: July 28, 2017
Author: Mark Hayes

Ruffels reignites Canadian fire

Ryan Ruffels is one of a handful of Australians well placed late in the first round of the Canadian Open.

Victorian Ruffels and New South Welshman Brett Drewitt were among a handful of players left on course when bad light forced an early end to day one at the Glen Abbey Golf Club near Toronto.

Both young Aussies began their rounds on the 10th hole and will return to the eighth hole at four under par, three off the pace on a day of frenetic scoring.

They are two of four Aussies on that mark, along with Curtis Luck and the in-form Cameron Percy, but all are tied 33rd, highlighting the incredible scoring on the picturesque Ontario course.

When play resumes overnight (Australian time), Ruffels, playing on sponsor's invitations, will have a 2.5m birdie putt to reach five under after an incredible approach from the left rough as play was called.

It's the same course on which Ruffels made his first US PGA Tour start in 2015 and shocked the world with a first-round 66 as a 17-year-old.

Drewitt is on the tee of the same hole in the group behind having just dropped a shot on the par-three seventh hole.

Luck was impressive throughout his round, while Percy, pressing hard to reach the top 125 in the FedEx Cup rankings, surged late with a birdie on the 16th and then a 5m eagle putt on the closing par-5 18th to vault up the leaderboard.

Bar a double-bogey on the third, Greg Chalmers played well. But his even-par 72 was good enough for only T106, outside the projected cut line, as a group of five shot 65, including Ollie Schniederjans and Kevin Chappell who each had a brace of eagles.

Geoff Ogilvy (+1), Matt Jones (+2) and Cam Smith (+5) will need plenty of birdies in tomorrow’s second round.