Pendrith one off the pace

Canadian amateur Taylor Pendrith carded a five-under-par 65 to finish the first round of the Canadian Open one shot behind leaders Tim Petrovic and Michael Putnam.

The 23-year-old Taylor Pendrith notched a birdie on the final hole at Royal Montreal Golf Club to join American Kyle Stanley in third place to put himself in contention to become the first Canadian to win his home open in 60 years.

Petkovic carded a bogey-free 64 after sinking birdie putts on four of the first seven holes and eagling the par five 12th.

“I was just trying to go out there and play golf and do my own thing, not really worry to much about what was going on around me,” Pendrith said.

“First tee, first hole there was a lot going on, but once I got through that I felt comfortable and did my own thing.”

Starting from the back nine, Putnam’s round was also error free and included six birdies.

“Obviously it was playing easy,” Putnam said of the course after the round.

“I hit a lot of fairways and I hit a lot of greens. It got windy there this afternoon and it was tough golfing but somehow I was able to keep it in the fairway and take advantage of the soft greens, get a couple shots close and make a couple of five-to-10 foot putts.”

A large group of players are on four-under after first round 66s, including former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, Australians Robert Allenby and Greg Chalmers as well as Charlie Wi.

Another group of players were a further stroke behind following 67s on the first day.

They include Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and American veteran Jim Furyk, who finished in fourth place at the Open Championship last week.

Petrovic were only included in the field following the Benjamin Alvarado, but put himself into contention to break his winless drought on the PGA Tour after Thursday’s round.

“I really didn’t set my expectations high because I got in late,” he said.

“It wasn’t that I was playing conservative, I was just trying to hit fairways and greens just to see the golf course.”

Pendrith found himself with a share of second after his first ever round in a PGA Tour event.