Tyler McCumber’s well-known father is solely attempting to remain out of his method.
As a 10-time winner on the PGA Tour, Mark McCumber is actually a fountain of data for any up-and-coming birdie-machine.
However since his boy has rolled to back-to-back event titles on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada and owns a slice of the lead after the primary spherical of the 2018 ATB Monetary Basic on the Talons Course at Nation Hills, Mark insists that is no time to be doling out recommendation.
“There’s nothing to say aside from, ‘Hey, good shot!’ ” mentioned Mark, in Calgary this week to assist his son as he shoots for the three-peat. “It’s straightforward to smile so if he’s my face, he is aware of I’m having fun with what I’m watching.
“Truthfully, I’m simply as pleased to comply with him if he shoots 72. However I understand how laborious this recreation is, so it’s good while you get rewarded.”
Tyler, 27, has actually been reaping the rewards of his laborious work over the previous few weeks.
The sleek-swinging righty from Ponte Vedra Seashore, Fla., topped the leaderboard on the Osprey Valley Open, shaving an unimaginable 25 strokes off par on the inaugural occasion in Caledon, Ont.
He made it a win streak final weekend on the Syncrude Oil Nation Championship, ending two pictures away from the competitors in Edmonton.
And, along with his father getting a dwell search for the primary time in two months, Tyler didn’t cool off any throughout Thursday’s sweltering spin at Nation Hills. He matched the course report on the 7,209-yard Talons monitor with a tally of Eight-under 63 and shares high spot with Jonathan Garrick and Chris Killmer after the opening spherical of the four-day, $200,000 showdown.
McCumber is, as his proud pops summarized, “within the zone.”
“I believe ‘zone’ may very well be associated with focus, associated with simply considering the best issues,” Tyler mentioned after Thursday’s opening spherical. “I’m in behavior mentally proper now, and that’s what it appears like. It appears like I’m actually considering proper. Bodily, I really feel good and that’s going properly. And the ball goes just about the place I’m trying, which is at all times a pleasant factor.
“To carry on to that for 3 weeks, that feels fairly good.”
McCumber arrived in Calgary on an unprecedented tear.
Within the six-year historical past of the re-branded Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada, he’s the one man to win two consecutive tournaments.
After he signed a scorecard Thursday that featured 9 birdies and just one bogey, one other traditional contender approached to acknowledge his victory in Edmonton.
“Congrats once more, buddy,” he mentioned. “And one other nice spherical at this time. Jesus.”
Mark, who stays busy at 66 as a commentator for PGA Tour protection on DirecTV and SiriusXM Radio, was equally impressed.
“Golf irritates you extra typically than it pacifies you. However in case you keep it up, you do have these good runs,” mentioned Mark, whose personal resume is highlighted by wins on the 1988 Gamers Championship and 1994 Tour Championship. “And he’s been taking part in properly for fairly a while now, so we’ve seen it coming.
“Once I watched at this time, I may see in particular person what I had been seeing on the pc. It was … Holy crow. I imply, he’s driving it 100 miles down the center of just about each fairway. I believe he missed one fairway the place it didn’t simply run by into the tough. He had one three-putt, after a wedge spun again about 40 toes from the outlet on No. 12.
“Aside from that, it was simply easy. He hit each Par-5 in two. His drive on No. 11 was 404 yards. I do know it’s downhill and I do know the air is skinny right here, however nonetheless …
“These youngsters are all actually good, and it’s laborious to win at any degree. He’s simply within the zone. Every part goes his method. He’s labored very laborious for it, although.”
His son agreed.
“I’ve been working actually laborious on my recreation,” mentioned Tyler, at present the highest canine on the Mackenzie Tour’s Order of Benefit standings. “And it’s lastly clicking. The entire items are coming collectively on the similar time.”
CHIP SHOTS: Corey Pereira’s spherical of 64 included an ace on No. 6 … Ryan Williams of Surrey, B.C., is tops amongst Canadians after firing a 6-under 65 in Thursday’s first spherical … B.C.-raised, Calgary-based Jared du Toit (Glencoe) is the main native at 5-under.