Canada's Hughes, Conners struggle before rain stoppage at men's Olympic golf event

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KAWAGOE, Japan — Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., was 1-over 72 in the second round of the men's Olympic golf tournament on Friday, dropping into a tie for 39th at 1 under overall.

Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., had an even-par round after 16 holes when play was suspended due to inclement weather.

Conners is tied for 34th overall at 2-under par and will finish out his second round on Saturday morning before the third round tees off.

It was the second weather stoppage of the day at Kasumigaseki Country Club and the second consecutive day that lightning created lengthy stoppages.

The 60-man no-cut event is considered a weaker field as countries can only send a maximum of four players from each gender to the Olympics.

Most countries only qualified two players.

Hughes was undone by three bogeys in the front nine, with a birdie on the par-4 No. 6 and another on the par-4 10th hole to limit the damage.

A double bogey on the par-4 ninth hole set Conners back, although he played mistake-free golf in the back half before the weather stoppage.

He finished play on Friday with three birdies, a bogey, and the costly double bogey through 16 holes.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 30, 2021.

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