Corey Conners makes Masters history with lowest round by Canadian at 65

Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., shot the lowest round by a Canadian at the Masters, a seven-under 65 in Round 2 on Saturday at Augusta National.

The lowest previous round was 68, according to Augusta National officials, shared by Mike Weir, Stephen Ames, Dave Barr, Al Balding and Stan Leonard.

Conners’ round, the lowest by anyone at this week’s tourney at the time, moved the 28-year-old into a tie for 17th place at 5-under, four shots back of a leading pack of five that included Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson.

Weir, the 2003 Masters champion, also completed his second round Saturday morning after play was suspended Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET due to darkness in Georgia. The native of Brights Grove, Ont., sits at 1-under and made the cut along with Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., who is even for the tourney.

WATCH | Corey Conners shoots Canadian record 65 at Masters:

Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., shot the lowest round by a Canadian at The Masters, while fellow countrymen Mike Weir and Nick Taylor also made the cut. 2:51

Adam Hadwin, also from Abbotsford, was 1-over through two rounds and missed the cut.

The top 50 plus ties were to make the cut this year, when the rule was eliminated that allowed anyone within 10 strokes of the lead to play the weekend.

Rahm in 5-way tie atop leaderboard

Jon Rahm had two meaningful shots at the par 5s on the back nine Saturday morning, one for birdie and the other for par, that allowed him to cap off a 6-under 66 and join a five-way share of the lead after 36 holes at the Masters.

Tiger Woods remains in the mix with one birdie and seven pars to complete a 71, leaving him four shots behind.

As the sun broke through the clouds when the second round ended, it revealed a Masters that even without spectators was shaping up to be as exciting as always.

Ten players were separated by one shot going into the weekend, and 27 players were separated by five shots, a list that includes everyone from Woods and Phil Mickelson to Masters newcomers Abraham Ancer and C.T. Pan.

WATCH | Corey Conners leads all Canadians at Masters:

Corey Conners is sitting at 3-under with 2 more holes to play in the 2nd round. Fellow Canadians Nick Taylor is at par after 2 rounds, Mike Weir is 1-over halfway through the 2nd round and Adam Hadwin is sitting 2-over with 5 holes remaining in the 2nd round. 1:10

Rahm joined the lead pack at 9-under 135 with a wedge to five feet for birdie on the par-5 13th to resume his second round, but the next par 5 meant just as much.

The cut was at even-par 144, a Masters record and a reflection of how rain has affected this Masters in November. It caused a delay of nearly three hours at the start of the tournament that caused the opening two rounds to need an extra day to finish, and it made Augusta National as vulnerable as ever.

Sixty players made the cut — it would have been 68 if the Masters still had the 10-shot rule — and it looked as though the third round would have no trouble finishing.

Ailing DeChambeau barely makes cut

After struggling just to make the cut at the Masters, Bryson DeChambeau said he’s not feeling well and even got tested for COVID-19 again to ensure it wasn’t anything serious.

DeChambeau, who was the betting favourite to win the Masters after a dominating triumph at the U.S. Open, closed out his second round Saturday morning with a 2-over 74.

That left him at even-par 144 through 36 holes, right on the cut line and a whopping nine shots off the lead.

“Not good, to say the least,” DeChambeau said before heading back out for the third round. “As I kept going through the round, I started getting a little dizzy. I don’t know what was going on, a little something weird.”

DeChambeau played 12 holes in the second round Friday before play was halted by darkness. He then got tested to make sure he didn’t have the illness caused by the coronavirus.

It was negative.

“I had to do the right thing and make sure there was nothing more serious than that,” he said. “I don’t know what it is or what happened, but these past couple days, I’ve felt really, really odd and just not 100 per cent.”

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is among four players to have grabbed a share of the lead at nine under par before play was suspended.

WATCH | 4 golfers tied for lead heading into Saturday:

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, Abraham Ancer, Cameron Smith and Justin Thomas were tied for first place at 9-under when the second round was suspended due to darkness. 1:13

Singh sick, pulls out of tourney

Fiji’s Vijay Singh has withdrawn from the Masters due to illness, organizers said on Saturday.

The three-time major winner, who shot a first-round 75, was eight-over par 10 holes through his second round before pulling out.

“Due to illness, Vijay Singh has officially withdrawn from Masters Tournament competition after completion of 10 holes in his second round,” organizers said in a statement on Twitter.

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