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Victoria, British Columbia (Mackenzie Tour) – Jacksonville Beach, Florida’s T.J. Vogel carded a 7-under 63 on Friday at Uplands Golf Club to take the second-round lead at the Bayview Place Cardtronics Open presented by Times Colonist, the second event of the 2017 Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada season.
The 26-year old made eight birdies against just one bogey to reach 12-under through 36 holes, leading by two over Lake Mary, Florida’s Jhared Hack after two rounds in Victoria.
“It was solid. My putting’s been key for me this week, and I made a lot of putts. Hopefully I can keep hitting fairways and greens and keep giving myself opportunities,” said Vogel.
Vogel was the 36-hole leader last week at the Freedom 55 Financial Open before finishing T14, a result the former Florida Gators standout said he’s looking forward to improving this weekend.
“I want another chance. I just had a really poor Saturday last week,” said Vogel, who shot 75 in the third round in Vancouver to fall out of contention. “I want to take the things I learned and put them in effect for tomorrow and see if I can shoot another low one.”
Hack followed up a course-record tying 61 with a 1-under 69 on Friday to reach 10-under, while Californians Brett Lederer and Ben Geyer were two shots further behind at 8-under total.
BACKGROUND ON THE LEADER: As an amateur, Vogel was one of the country’s top players, having claimed the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links to earn a spot in the field at The Masters the following year. He was an NCAA All-America selection at both USC and Florida before turning pro, and has since made 58 combined starts on the PGA TOUR, Web.com Tour, Mackenzie Tour and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
After taking the 36-hole lead last week in Vancouver, Vogel professed the need to take a patient approach with the lead but admittedly wasn’t able to take his own advice, falling outside the top-10 with closing rounds of 75-71.
“I did what I said I didn’t want to do last week. I have to stay patient, and when I do that I hit a lot of good golf shots,” said Vogel. “I felt like I was a little passive on Saturday and I got off to an iffy, slow start. Tomorrow, I just want to keep doing what I’m doing. I’m telling myself, ‘I want more.’”
In 2016, Vogel recorded two top-10s and finished the year 26th on the Order of Merit.
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In 2007, Hack won the prestigious Western Amateur, defeating Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson in Match Play on the way to the title. He turned pro after one semester at the University of Central Florida and owns 54 wins on various mini tours.
Hack spent the last two years on the Web.com Tour, recording three top-25 finishes in 35 starts. He finished 132nd and 109th on the Web.com Tour Money List in 2015 and 2016, respectively, and also owns extensive experience on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, with six top-10s in 25 career starts.
- Weather: 16 degrees Celsius, sunny, winds 8 km/h.
- The 36-hole cut came at 1-over par 141, with 72 players at T57 or better making it to the weekend. This ties the highest 36-hole cut of the PGA TOUR era on the Mackenzie Tour, matching the 2013 Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON.
- Former Golf Canada National Amateur Team member Jared du Toit made the cut in his professional debut, shooting rounds of 67-70 to sit T13.
- Michael Gligic had the round of the day with an 8-under 62, matching his career-low round of the PGA TOUR era on the Mackenzie Tour (third round, 2016 Cape Breton Open). Gligic’s low all-time round is 60 at the 2011 Seaforth Country Classic.
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