RBC Canadian Open 2016: Friday Leaderboard Scores and Highlights

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2016

Dustin Johnson of the United States tees off from the 13th during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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Dustin Johnson and Luke List maintained their tie atop the leaderboard at the RBC Canadian Open on Friday, shooting matching one-under 71s to pace the field at seven under overall.

Johnson and List didn't match the dominance they displayed in Thursday's opening round, which saw them card six-under 66s, but they performed well enough to stay in front at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario.

Here is a look at the leaderboard through two rounds, with the full results available at the PGA Tour's official website:

Early indications suggested Johnson would plummet from his perch, as he struggled mightily at the start of his second round, which began on the back nine.

As seen in this video, courtesy of the PGA Tour, Johnson carded a double bogey on the par-three 12th after hitting his tee shot into the trees:


+3 thru 3 holes for Dustin. https://t.co/HLHkD7SYLU

That came on the heels of a bogey on No. 11, and it preceded another bogey on No. 13, which put Johnson at four over for the day through just four holes.

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The reigning U.S. Open champion showed remarkable resiliency, though, by bouncing back and erasing his poor start.

Johnson birdied Nos. 16 and 18 before going on to birdie the first, second, fifth and sixth holes as well.

His performance on the sixth was perhaps his best of the day, as he generated incredible backspin on his approach shot to set up an easy birdie putt, as the PGA Tour showed:


Most people can't generate this type of spin downwind. Dustin Johnson isn't most people. https://t.co/7zVDayEgpV

While the 32-year-old American squandered his chance to enter the third round with the solo lead by bogeying the eighth hole, his day turned out to be a resounding success considering how badly it could have gone.

Johnson put himself in position to vie for another victory entering the weekend, which has been virtually automatic for him as of late, according to ESPN Stats & Info:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Dustin Johnson is tied for the lead at the RBC Canadian Open after one round. He’s posted top-10 finishes in each of his last 5 starts.

Although List is in the same position as Johnson, the manner in which his second round played out was different.

The unheralded 31-year-old started his day with birdies on the first and second holes before bogeying Nos. 11, 13 and 14.

List could have allowed things to snowball, but he managed to right the ship, much like Johnson did, and closed out his round by birdieing both the 16th and 18th holes to preserve the tie atop the leaderboard.

It comes as no surprise that Johnson is in contention, but as this snapshot of List's recent results indicated, few could have expected him to be in the mix north of the border, courtesy of the PGA Tour:


Luke List leads by 1 at the @RBCCanadianOpen. His last 7 starts: T20 MC MC T50 MC MC MC https://t.co/MVq4KBaTg8

With regard to other notables, Jon Rahm, who turned pro in June, stayed one stroke off the pace with a one-under 71 of his own.

The up-and-coming Spaniard was in the lead through 12 holes after starting on the back nine, but a double bogey on the par-three fourth prevented him from keeping that position.

Kelly Kraft is also one back, and if not for a bogey on his final hole of the day, he would have been part of a three-way tie with Johnson and List.

Chad Campbell and Kevin Kisner tied for the best rounds of the day with five-under 67s. The Americans each sit at four under for the tournament and are within striking distance of the lead.

Among Friday's biggest stories was the play of Canadian amateur Jared du Toit. The 21-year-old native of Calgary, Alberta, found himself in a tie for the lead after a birdie on No. 18.

Per Justin Ray of Golf Channel, that put him in position to do something that hasn't been done on the PGA Tour in more than a year:

Justin Ray @JustinRayGC

Jared du Toit (a): tied for lead; last amateur to lead after any #PGATour round was Paul Dunne at 2015 Open.

Du Toit's time in front was short-lived, though, as he posted a triple-bogey eight on the par-five second. He then bogeyed the fifth as well before rebounding with birdies on the sixth, seventh and eighth holes.

While du Toit missed out on a great chance to hold the lead after 36 holes, he still has a fighting chance at six under overall.

One expected contender who is not in the mix, however, is Jason Day. The world No. 1 was just three shots behind the leaders entering the second round, but a four-over 76 has him behind at one over overall.

It was far from a banner day for the Aussie, but it could have been worse if not for some magic on the greens, including a lengthy par save on the eighth hole, via the PGA Tour:


15-footer for par ... never a doubt. https://t.co/6R2hWdKwy6

Day did it again on the 16th after making a mess of a bunker shot and a chip attempt, as the PGA Tour showed:


The putter is a great eraser. And few roll it better than Jason Day. #QuickHits https://t.co/JLOeBT9nhO

Through two rounds of play, the dynamic at the top of the leaderboard is intriguing. Johnson is among the world's best players and was an obvious contender going in, while List wasn't on the radars of most observers.

List showed a great deal of mental toughness by overcoming three bogeys over a four-hole stretch to keep pace with Johnson, which suggests he may have the mettle to hang tough against an elite player over the weekend.

Johnson has established himself as the clear favorite, though, and there likely isn't a golfer in the field who can overtake him if he plays his best, like he has thus far, aside from a three-hole stretch Friday.

Johnson is in the driver's seat, and he'll have a golden opportunity to start pulling away from the field and making a move toward his third win of the season during Saturday's third round.


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