MARKHAM, Ontario (AP) -- Tiger Woods is not playing in the Canadian Open. Ian Leggatt only made it sound that way.
By the time Leggatt finished with yet another birdie for a 7-under 65, the Canadian gallery was in a frenzy over one of their own, a proven PGA Tour winner who was one stroke out of the lead Friday and in good position to end a long drought.
Not since Pat Fletcher in 1954 has a Canadian won his national golf championship. Fletcher was born in England, so the last Canadian-born winner was Karl Keffer in 1914.
Neal Lancaster and Billy Andrade each had a 67 in the second round at Angus Glen and were tied for the lead at 11-under 133. The loudest cheers Saturday figured to come in the group behind him, where Leggatt was playing for more than just a big check and a trophy.
"There might be a little less pressure on if Canada had a hockey game this weekend," Leggatt said.
Canada loves its golf, especially when someone so close to the lead has a maple leaf stitched on his shoes.
Leggatt finished with a flurry, hitting a sand wedge into 3 feet on the eighth hole, then reaching the 548-yard ninth hole -- his last of the second round -- with a 7-iron that stopped 8 feet from the hole. His eagle putt caught the lip, sparing Angus Glen pandemonium.
How big would be for a guy who grew up 40 miles away to win the Canadian Open?
"For me to be able to do something special like that would be equal with winning a Masters or a U.S. Open," Leggatt said.
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