A pair of Americans, one a 47-year-old who was the last man into the tournament field, lead the RBC Canadian Open after one round.
But it’s the player Canadian amateur Taylor Pendrith, a stroke back and tied for third, that turned plenty of heads on Thursday at the Blue Course of the Royal Montreal.
Born in Richmond Hill, Ontario, the 23-year-old Pendrith finished 69th at the NCAA Championships this past spring while playing for Kent State University.
He’s only the second player in that school’s history to play in the NCAA Championships all four years of his career.
Pendrith came out red hot on Thursday, with four birdies in his first eight holes to tie American Kyle Stanley for third.
No Canadian has one this tournament in 50 years, and only two Canucks have won it since 1914.
Tim Petrovic, the aforementioned 47-year-old, got the final spot in the field, and turned it into a day one 6-under 64, complete with an eagle on No. 12. Petrovic last won a PGA title in 2005.
He’s tied with Michael Putnam, who had six birdies in a bogey-free round.
A whopping 11 players are tied for fifth at 4-under, including South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel.
Canada’s top-ranked player, Graham Delaet, is in a huge logjam tied for 44th place at 1-under with the likes of Vijay Singh, Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker.