Campbell fires his way to Canadian Open lead

Vancouver: American Chad Campbell brought his good form from Europe back to North America, firing a solid three-under-par 67 to grab the early second round lead at the Canadian Open on Friday.

Campbell, who tied for fifth at last week`s British Open, took advantage ideal scoring conditions at the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club by mixing five birdies with a pair of bogeys to reach the midway point at four-under 136, one stroke ahead of compatriot Paul Goydos.

After the diabolical conditions faced at Royal St George`s, Campbell arrived in Vancouver well prepared to take on a demanding Shaughnessy layout that has been compared to a U.S. Open because of its tight fairways and jungle-like rough.

"It`s a tough golf course, everyone knew that coming in," said Campbell, who is chasing his first PGA Tour win since 2007. "I haven`t seen too many people get to the green from the rough. You have to keep the ball on the fairway."

Playing the back nine first, Goydos had a chance to join Campbell atop the leaderboard but bogeyed his final hole for a one-under-par 69.

World number one Luke Donald, struggling to find his groove after missing the cut at the British Open, could again have the weekend off after returning a 73 to leave the Briton sitting on the projected cut of three-over.

Donald got off to a sluggish start going four-over after 12 holes before fighting back with birdies at 14 and 15. But the Briton`s charge quickly petered out when he close his round with a fifth bogey at the last.

Twice Canadian champion Jim Furyk returned a level par 70 but was also in the danger zone thanks to a double-bogey on 18 that left the American at four-over for the tournament.

Carl Pettersson`s title defence ended with a second straight 74 that left the Swede at eight-over and well out of contention.

Canadian Mike Weir, a local favourite and former Masters champion, pulled out with a sore elbow six holes into his second round.

Bureau Report