After play was delayed two hours due to weather, it was relative unknown Dean Wilson who set the pace at the RBC Canadian Open with a second successive round of 65 to take a one-shot lead over overnight leader, Brent Delahoussaye and Steve Wheatcroft.
Players Championship winner, South African Tim Clark who went one better with a round of 64, joined Wilson on the 10-under par mark while Delahoussaye carded a 69, and Wheatcroft a round of 66.
A lot of unfamiliar names appear on the leaderboard for the tournament, with perhaps Clark, and Americans JJ Henry and Hunter Mahan the most well known among the top 20 positions on the board. Henry ties for fifth place alongside Mahan after the pair finished together on 8-under par, just two shots off the pace. Also tied on the mark are unknowns Rob Grube and Brock Mackenzie, who ply their trade on the Canadian circuit.
Wilson is playing in only his ninth tournament of the 2010 season and has missed his last three cuts. He is making his seventh appearance in the Canadian Open where his record in this event is average, with a best placed T14 in 2004 his highest finish in the tournament. Wilson has won one event on the PGA Tour – the International in Denver, Colorado in 2006.
Home favourite, left-hander Mike Weir bowed out of the tournament following a second round 74 for a six-over par total 146. Weir, who had carried the hopes of the nation in becoming the first home-grown winner of the event since Pat Fletcher in 1954 has been largely struggling of late with a loss-of-form and tendonitis in his elbow which has seen the diminutive Canadian miss three of his last four cuts.
Daniel Chopra of Sweden is the highest-placed European representative in the field; the Swede carding a second round 69 to move to 6-under par, and into a tie for 14th while Luke Donald is the highest placed Briton on the leaderboard after a round of 66 saw the European Tour winner finish on 5-under par.
Paul Casey, who went into the final round of last week’s Open Championship at St. Andrews in second place struggled to a 73 to miss the cut whilst Brian Davis and American Robert Garrigus both withdrew prior to starting their second round.