Brendan Steele proved to be the iron man in the first round of the RBC Canadian Open at Glenn Abbey G.C. in Ontario.
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Brendan shot a first round of -7 under par 65, with eight birdies and one bogey, to lead the RBC Canadian Open by one shot at the Glenn Abbey G.C.
Brendan said he loved playing in Canada;
“I love being up here, I played in `06 and `07 on PGA TOUR Canada. And really, got me ready to play the Web.com Tour, which I played in `08, `09 and `10. It was a great progression in my life. I had a great time up here. Made a lot of friends and spent two summers traveling the country. ”Really, just an overall good day, hit a lot of good shots and was able to hole some putts. When you have a good round like that and you play that well, you kind of have everything going. But today was probably the most complete round that I’ve had all year, so that was kind of nice. Didn’t miss many greens, didn’t hit many shots off line, and I was able to roll a few putts in.”
Matt Kuchar, who is a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR this year, was a stroke back at -6 under par along with Scott Gardiner and Scott Brown. with rounds of 66. Matt impressively eagled the par-5 18th hole, his ninth hole of the day.
Matt said he had enjoyed his round, relishing the easier golf course, The Open was too difficult, he preferred the friendly North American set up;
“It was fun to be out here. It was perfect conditions. I feel like last week, conditions were so challenging and so difficult at the British Open, to come here and to play golf that is more friendly and more what we’re used to the PGA TOUR was great, the conditions are spectacular. The course is in great shape. We had very little wind, good temperature, so it was a great opportunity. The par fives are all attainable and birdieable.”
Sorry Matt, but that kind of thinking will never win you a Major, probably explains the eleven missed cuts in Majors over the last ten years.
Hunter Mahan and David Lingmerth both had first rounds of -5 under par 67, tied in fifth place.
Hunter is another golfer who likes the easier conditions;
“Gave myself a lot of good looks and the greens were rolling true. It’s in great shape right now. In the morning, we’ll have perfect conditions.”
Carl Keffer is the only Canadian-born champion, winning in 1909 and 1914, Brad Fritsch was the top Canadian in the first round this year with a -3 under par 69, tied in 16th place.