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MONTRÉAL (Golf Canada) – Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic fired matching bogey-free rounds of 64 Thursday to share the opening-round lead at the 2014 RBC Canadian Open at The Royal Montreal Golf Club.

Petrovic, who is playing in his ninth RBC Canadian Open, teed off without having played a practice round at Royal Montreal. He was the last player into the field, initially sitting eighth on the alternate list before getting in after Benjamin Alvarado withdrew on Tuesday. Putnam, who has made 19 cuts in 25 PGA TOUR starts in 2014, was named Web.com Tour Player of the Year in 2013.

While Putnam and Petrovic share the 18 hole lead, the story of the opening-round was Team Canada member Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont. who holds a share of third with Kyle Stanley at 5-under 65.

Making his first ever PGA TOUR start, Pendrith was the talk of the tourney, averaging 298 yards of driving distance, fifth best among the 156 player field. The 23-year-old amateur carded seven birdies on the day, including four through his opening nine holes. The Kent State graduate is no stranger to high pressure competition having won the 2013 Porter Cup and currently ranked no. 17 on the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

“Yeah, I’m a pretty aggressive player; driver is my best club in the my bag,” said Pendrith.  “When I hit it straight, I usually play good and today I hit it very straight. I enjoy hitting driver off the tee because I can control it and it usually leaves me in some good spots, especially on the front nine because it’s pretty open when I would drive my ball, so it’s an advantage for me, I guess, because I can hit every hole.”

Pendrith tops the 19-player Canadian contingent after round one, two shots clear of David Hearn who is tied for 16th at 3-under. Graham DeLaet and Eugene Wong hold a share of 44th position at 1-under.

Second round action gets underway at 7am Friday at The Royal Montreal Golf Club. Tickets for Friday and weekend action are still available with kids aged 17 and under getting in free with a ticketed adult.

ROUND 1 CANADIAN SCORES
T3 Taylor Pendrith* (-5)
T16 David Hearn (-3)
T44 Graham DeLaet (-1)
T44 Eugene Wong (-1)
T67 Adam Svensson* (E)
T67 Kevin Carrigan* (E)
T67 Mike Weir (E)
T67 Adam Hadwin (E)
T87  Michael Gligic (+1)
T87  Robbie Greenwell (+1)
T106  Brad Fritsch (+2)
T106 Beon Yeong Lee (+2)
T123 Benjamin Silverman (+3)
T123  Dave Lévesque (+3)
T138 Stephen Ames (+4)
T138  Corey Conners* (+4)
T138  Kevin Stinson (+4)
T138 Bill Walsh (+4)
T150 Chris Hemmerich* (+5)
*Denotes an amateur at The Royal Montreal Golf Club.

Petrovic, who is playing in his ninth RBC Canadian Open, teed off without having played a practice round at Royal Montreal. He was the last player into the field, initially sitting eighth on the alternate list before getting in after Benjamin Alvarado withdrew on Tuesday. Putnam, who has made 19 cuts in 25 PGA TOUR starts in 2014, was named Web.com Tour Player of the Year in 2013.

While Putnam and Petrovic share the 18 hole lead, the story of the opening-round was Team Canada member Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont. who holds a share of third with Kyle Stanley at 5-under 65.

Making his first ever PGA TOUR start, Pendrith was the talk of the tourney, averaging 298 yards of driving distance, fifth best among the 156 player field. The 23-year-old amateur carded seven birdies on the day, including four through his opening nine holes. The Kent State graduate is no stranger to high pressure competition having won the 2013 Porter Cup and currently ranked no. 17 on the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

“Yeah, I’m a pretty aggressive player; driver is my best club in the my bag,” said Pendrith. “When I hit it straight, I usually play good and today I hit it very straight. I enjoy hitting driver off the tee because I can control it and it usually leaves me in some good spots, especially on the front nine because it’s pretty open when I would drive my ball, so it’s an advantage for me, I guess, because I can hit every hole.”

Pendrith tops the 19-player Canadian contingent after round one, two shots clear of David Hearn who is tied for 16th at 3-under. Graham DeLaet and Eugene Wong hold a share of 44th position at 1-under.

Second round action gets underway at 7am Friday at The Royal Montreal Golf Club. Tickets for Friday and weekend action are still available with kids aged 17 and under getting in free with a ticketed adult.

ROUND 1 CANADIAN SCORES

T3 Taylor Pendrith* (-5)
T16 David Hearn (-3)
T44 Graham DeLaet (-1)
T44 Eugene Wong (-1)
T67 Adam Svensson* (E)
T67 Kevin Carrigan* (E)
T67 Mike Weir (E)
T67 Adam Hadwin (E)
T87 Michael Gligic (+1)
T87 Robbie Greenwell (+1)
T106 Brad Fritsch (+2)
T106 Beon Yeong Lee (+2)
T123 Benjamin Silverman (+3)
T123 Dave Lévesque (+3)
T138 Stephen Ames (+4)
T138 Corey Conners* (+4)
T138 Kevin Stinson (+4)
T138 Bill Walsh (+4)
T150 Chris Hemmerich* (+5)
*Denotes an amateur

Source: Golf Canada

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