Sep 01, 2021
CARDIGAN, Prince Edward Island—Michael Blair of Ancaster, Ontario, shot a 6-under 66 in Thursday’s second round of the Prince Edward Island Open and is tied for the lead with Joey Mayo at 9-under, two shots ahead of Otto Black.
Blair made seven birdies in the second round against only one bogey and is happy to see the ball going in the hole after a tough stretch.
“I’ve been driving it well, which helps out here—just getting it in play,” said Blair. “Finally, some putts are going in. I didn’t make anything for a month, and now, all of a sudden, they’re going in the hole at the same time. It’s a quick way to add them up.”
Mayo maintained his share atop the leaderboard despite battling consistency in the second round. He finished with a 3-under round of 69 that included six birdies and three bogeys on another hot, sunny day on Dundarave Golf Course.
“It was definitely a little tougher day condition-wise,” said Mayo. “The course was a lot firmer, and there was a little more wind. I made a few bogeys today; didn’t have any yesterday, but it was a pretty similar round. Overall, I hit the ball well and got it up and down a few times, so I was in a pretty good spot mentally.”
Black will join the lead group Friday after recording a 4-under 68 despite making a bogey on the par-5 10th hole to finish his round.
“I drove the ball really well,” said Black. “I put the ball in play a lot off the tee. I had a little hiccup there at the end, but other than that, I put everything in play which is nice. I kind of attacked the golf course from there.”
Officials delayed play for an hour and 15 minutes in the morning due to fog.
“It really helps when you stand over a putt and you think there’s a good chance that this might hit the hole or go in. It makes it a lot easier to stay patient, and you don’t have to force anything.” –Michael Blair on the confidence in his putter
“I’m just going to stick to the patient golf, try to play my own game and see what happens.” –Joey Mayo on playing in Friday’s lead group
“I’m better on tougher tracks than some of the shootout courses. I’m better on courses where you need to hit it in spots instead of just firing at pins. I’m a patient player, so I think that suits this course pretty well.” –Joey Mayo
“I just relaxed, sat on a chair by the range and took in the scenery. It’s right on the water and a beautiful view.” –Michael Blair on how he spent his time during the 1-hour, 15-minute fog delay Thursday morning
Fog that caused a 75-minute delay in the morning gave way to sunny, hot and humid temperatures as the day progressed. High of 30. Wind S at 9 kph. Gusts in the afternoon reached 13 kph.