2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship: Day 2Posted on September 24, 2016
McCarron stays in the lead, but Monty’s on the move
Day 2 of the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship brought with it some hotly contested golf. Scott McCarron, who went into Day 2 in the lead having broken the course record on Day 1 shooting an incredible 62, had another fantastic round, finishing with a 5-under 66 for a total of 14-under and a two-shot lead. But it is Hall of Famer Colin Montgomerie who everyone now has eyes on to see if he can crash McCarron’s party. Because Monty is on the move.
Montgomerie, who shot a very respectable 67 yesterday, shot a 7-under 64 for Round 2 (for a total of 11-under). This moved him up five places into a third place finish one shot behind Doug Garwood (5-under 66 for a total of 12-under), who held steady in his second place finish from Day 1.
In spite of Monty perhaps being the most-talked about name on Day 2, Doug Garwood may just be the one to watch. Garwood played the front nine in 6-under 20, birdieing the first three holes and the last three. A bogey on 12, and a double bogey on the par-3 14th were temporary setbacks, as he went on to birdie 17 and 18. So while he may not be the household name that Monty and co are, or have made any big moves, he has been holding pretty steady the last two days – quietly making his way around the Bear Mountain – Mountain Course as he makes his play for the Championship title. And that may be just what it takes to master Bear Mountain and the Pacific Links Championship. Slow and steady does, as they say, often win the race.
Other players worth watching include Scott Dunlap who had a great day, finishing up in fourth place with a 6-under 65 (for a total of 10-under) and an almost-eagle on the final hole. You can watch Dunlap almost hole his third shot on No. 18 here.
And then there’s Hall of Famer Mark O’Meara and his move 21 places up the leaderboard. Like Montgomerie, O’Meara shot a 7-under 64 for Round 2 (for a total of 9-under) which moved him into a five-way tie for fifth. In fact, he is one of three players currently sitting tied for 5th who shot 7-under for the round to move up 21 places. Jeff Maggert and Brian Henninger posted the exact same numbers. Anyone spot a trend here? We’ll have to wait and see what Day 3 brings.
Still, for now, it is Scott McCarron who is firing on all cylinders. With an eagle on the par-5 12th – sinking an eight-foot putt to make it – and a birdie on the par-3 16th, Day 2 definitely once again belonged to McCarron. Watch as McCarron moved into the lead again with his eagle on the 12th here.
Scott McCarron moves into the lead with an eagle on the 12th hole. https://t.co/9FP9WYPPEI
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It’s safe to say Day 2 of the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship 2016 lived up to Day 1 and more. But it’s not over until the last hole is played. (And Jimenez’s last cigar smoked.) Join us for Day 3, Sunday September 25th. It’s going to be a corker. Guaranteed. Tickets will remain on sale at the Spectators Plaza.
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Favourite Moment from Day 2
The golf was certainly incredible on Day 2 of the Pacific Links Championship but it was perhaps PGA TOUR star Canadian Graham DeLaet who stole the show.
On site to to conduct the Junior Clinic for Kids Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship today, at the end of his session Graham presented a cheque to Craig Smith from Help Fill A Dream Foundation (the event’s Official Charity Partner) for $10,000.00 on behalf of the Graham and Ruby Delaet Foundation. The Graham & Ruby DeLaet Foundation does charitable work to improve children’s health and wellness and support junior golf across North America.
More moments worth rewatching:
Monty gets clever with the wedge and birdies the par-3 14th hole.
Jeff Sluman is unfazed on No. 18 by his spectators – of the deer variety.
Tournament Fun Facts
- Did you know that Scott McCarron’s mother is from Kaslo, British Columbia? McCarron, who is currently No. 11 on the money list, has four top-10 finishes in 2016.
- Did you know that Garwood’s Round 1 7-under 64 had tied the previous course record established by Riley Wheeldon at the RBC Canadian Open pre-qualifier on May 30 before McCarron blitzed the track?