Victoria’s Jim Rutledge remembers his 1984 PGA Championship of Canada win fondly. It was that victory that despatched him, alongside fellow British Columbia professional Dave Barr, to the World Cup in Italy.
Almost 40 years later, on the a centesimal taking part in of the BetRegal PGA Championship of Canada, Rutledge, 62, is again atop the leaderboard.
Managing the tough Beacon Corridor Golf Membership in Aurora, Ont., he carded a bogey-free 68 to place himself in a tie for the lead with Wes Heffernan.
“I got here into the week so excited to play, not simply because it’s the a centesimal yr of the occasion, but additionally due to the golf course, and I’m completely happy with this begin,” mentioned Rutledge.
“I had some good up-and-downs to avoid wasting myself some pars, made some good birdies, so it was day general,” he mentioned.
Rutledge’s resume of golf success will get longer by the yr. Final yr, he gained the Tremendous Senior division on the Senior PGA Championship of Canada (gamers over the age of 60 are eligible), and practically gained the common seniors division, as effectively. He has gained the seniors division of the occasion six occasions since changing into eligible 12 years in the past.
“Profitable an occasion like this may be fabulous,” mentioned Rutledge. “You at all times are available making an attempt to win, it’s good seeing among the guys I’ve recognized for years who come play, and that’s probably the greatest elements, however I’m going to take the golf in the future at a time and one shot at a time and we’ll see.”
Tied with Rutledge atop the leaderboard is Wes Heffernan, the No.1-ranked participant on the PGA Participant Rankings.
Heffernan, who simply competed within the RBC PGA Canadian Open just a few weeks in the past based mostly on his rating, made 5 birdies on Tuesday with only one bogey to additionally fireplace an opening-round 68.
“It was type of the proper opening spherical,” mentioned Heffernan, who gained the 2019 PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada. “I didn’t get in any hassle and each miss I had was manageable.”
“Six by means of 12 is the place it’s important to rating on this course after which it’s important to handle your recreation on both finish as a result of there are powerful holes to begin and to complete. I made some longer putts and didn’t miss something I ought to have made, so it was a low-stress spherical,” mentioned Heffernan.
Whereas Heffernan’s ball-striking was on level on the RBC Canadian Open earlier this month, his placing left a lot to be desired. A few weeks later at Beacon Corridor, the consolation stage has returned and the Calgarian was capable of roll in just a few putts from distance on Tuesday.
“Enjoying the RBC (Canadian Open) undoubtedly helped. St. George’s greens have been slightly bit sloppier, which made the placing powerful, however made me snug for a course like at this time,” mentioned Heffernan “And in addition the stress of taking part in within the Canadian Open undoubtedly helps. It acquired me extra snug for at this time, for positive.”
The leaderboard is right here.