Camilo Villegas joins Kevin Na atop RBC Canadian Open leaderboard

Camilo Villegas finished his first round in style and joined Kevin Na atop the leaderboard at the RBC Canadian Open.

Camilo Villegas at the British Open Golf on July 19.

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Camilo Villegas finished his first round in style and joined Kevin Na atop the leaderboard at the RBC Canadian Open.

The Colombian was among the players who returned to Glen Abbey early Friday morning and played his final six holes in 6-under par to match Na’s 63. One of his best shots was the 15-foot chip he drained for eagle at the 18th.

“What a great way to finish the round,” said Villegas.

Jerry Kelly also made some noise on Friday morning and posted a bogey-free 65 that could have been even better — he made seven straight pars coming in. He was part of a group two shots behind that included Scott Verplank, Retief Goosen, Joe Durant, Peter Tomasulo and Martin Laird.

Calgary’s Stephen Ames shot a 4-under 68 to post the lowest score among the 15 Canadians in the field. Chris Baryla of Vernon, B.C., had a 69 and amateur Matt Hill of Bright’s Grove, Ont., fired a 70.

Mike Weir, also of Bright’s Grove, shot a 71.

Rain delayed the first round of the tournament for more than seven hours on Thursday and forced the field to try and play catch up. The second round didn’t start until Friday afternoon and won’t be completed until Saturday morning.

The wet conditions left the par-72 Glen Abbey layout virtually defenceless.

“You can get after it,” said Kelly.

Na grabbed the opening round lead on Thursday night thanks in part to some sound advice from caddie Kenny Harms immediately following the long rain delay.

After pulling his tee shot into the trees on No. 11, Na wanted to try hitting a risky approach to a green protected by water. Harms didn’t like that choice and the two briefly argued before Na elected to play safe.

“He rarely says you can’t do something,” said Na. “He made me pitch out, and I ended up making a 15-footer for par that kind of kept the round going. And after that I started to back down and started catching fire.”

Just Posted

City Hall Park construction begins next week

Construction to update Red Deer’s City Hall Park is set to begin… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Jazz at the Lake begins

The 16 annual event began Friday and runs until Sunday in Sylvan Lake

Photos: Lunchtime tunes on Alexander Way

Final concert of the summer

Clearwater regional firefighters in B.C.

Crew operating west of Prince George

PHOTOS: Samson Cree Nation Pow Wow

The Samson Cree Nation hosted its annual Pow Wow, celebrating youth last weekend

WATCH: Feasting at Red Deer Ribfest this weekend

Ribfest runs until Sunday at Rotary Recreation Park

Street Tales: Life is filled with unlearned lessons

There are days that I almost believe evolutionists in that we are… Continue reading

Canadians believe in immigration but concerned about asylum seekers: study

OTTAWA — Canadians are generally supportive of current immigration levels, a survey… Continue reading

Quebec announces plan to compensate taxi drivers after Uber’s arrival

MONTREAL — The Quebec government has outlined how it intends to compensate… Continue reading

Hospitals to see ‘delays’ in care after losing Saudi students, health group says

OTTAWA — The loss of Saudi Arabian resident physicians in Canada’s hospitals… Continue reading

PHOTOS: B.C. city wakes up to darkness under wildfire smoke

The rest of the province also dealing with thick haze as smoky skies continue

Death Valley worker has seen highest, lowest temperatures

LAS VEGAS — Thousands of tourists descend on Death Valley each summer… Continue reading

Banff’s Sunshine ski resort upset with proposed guidelines from Parks Canada

BANFF, Alta. — An internationally known ski resort in Banff National Park… Continue reading

Folk singer Ian Tyson cancels show due to ‘serious medical situation’

TORONTO — Canadian folk singer-songwriter Ian Tyson has cancelled his appearance at… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month