There are two players tied at the top of the at the top of the RBC Canadian Open, Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic.
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Michael carded a bogey free first round -6 under par 64 to lead the RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal Golf Club.
Michael said after his round that he felt comfortable on the somewhat easy course;
“Obviously it was playing easy. The course is very similar to the courses I play back home, same grasses, same kind of terrain, so I feel pretty comfortable.”
“I hit a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens. Obviously it got windy there this afternoon and it was tough ball-striking, but somehow I was able to keep it in the fairway.”
“It was tough ball-striking, but somehow I was able to keep it in the fairway and take advantage of the soft greens to hit a couple of shots close.”
Michael was the leading money winner on the Web.com Tour last year, and was also voted the Web.com Tour Player of the Year, and that experience has helped him on the PGA TOUR;
“It was huge, I think I was in contention in half the events I played last year, so I got used to doing a lot of media interviews, seeing cameras behind me while I swing. So I feel very comfortable.”
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Tim was also bogey free in his -6 under par 64 even though he did not get a chance to play a practice round at Royal Montreal GC, finding his way into the field after Benjamin Alvarado had to withdraw on Tuesday. He said he was concentrating on hitting fairways and green in regulation;
“I was just trying to hit fairways and greens, trying to see the golf course and see if I could make a few putts. I drove the ball pretty good overall.”
A Canadian amateur, Taylor Pendrith, is happily just a stroke off the lead after a -5 under par 67, carding seven birdies and two bogey’s in his first PGA Tour start. He is also the leading Canadian player, with David Hearn the next at -3 under par.
Taylor did not expect to be so high up the leaderboard;
“I never expected that, I was playing good golf coming in here, so I just played golf. Five under is pretty nice. Everybody has some nerves. If you didn’t have nerves on the first tee something would be wrong with you. But after I played the first hole, I felt calm and felt I should be here.”
“I made a lot of birdies and hit it in some good spots off the tee. I just played golf and did my own thing. It was a fun day.”
“I’ve played in some big tournaments, but none as big as this’”
Kyle Stanley shares third place with Taylor at -5 under par.
It has been a while since a Canadian won this tournament, but they have a first here, Dianne Barabe is the first-ever female rules official, to work the RBC Canadian Open. Last Canadian winner was Pat Fletcher in 1954.