Steele grabs lead in Canada
Oakville - Brendan Steele carded eight birdies in a seven-under-par 65 on Thursday to seize the first-round lead in the PGA Tour's Canadian Open. The 30-year-old Californian needed just 28 putts on the par-72 Glen Abbey course, and held a one-stroke lead over Australian Scott Gardiner and Americans Scott Brown and Matt Kuchar. "Overall, it was a good day," said Steele, who made the most of perfect early scoring conditions as he hit nine of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation.
Kuchar's round included an eagle at the par-five 18th, his ninth hole of the day. After making the turn at five-under, Kuchar added back-to-back birdies at the second and third, but he ran into trouble at the par-four sixth.
"The rough can be really penalizing. I hit my drive into the left rough.
I had a good lie and was able to get it to the green, but I caught a flier and it ran through the green and into the crowd, into some trampled down, matted-down rough, which is difficult in figuring out the grain and how the ball is going to come out.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at SPORT24