Brendan Steele wheels to seven under, early lead

Brendan Steele hits his tee shot on the ninth hole after making a shot in the opening round of the...

Brendan Steele hits his tee shot on the ninth hole after making a shot in the opening round of the RBC Canadian Open being played this week at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville. He shot 7 under par in the first round. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

DAVE HILSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:22 PM ET

OAKVILLE, ONT. - Canadian veteran Mike Weir said after Wednesday’s practice round that if Glen Abbey stays firm, you might just see a winning score that’s in the single digits at this year’s edition of the Canadian Open.

Problem is somebody forgot to tell the rest of the field.

American Brendan Steele, the early club house leader in the opening round of the tournament on Thursday, fired a seven-under-par 65 on the 7,253-yard layout to move a stroke clear of the rest of the field with plenty of rounds still to be completed.

Steele fired an opening-nine 34 and then bettered it on his back side with a 31 on the 7,253-yard course to move a stroke clear of the nearest competition.

With names such as Els, McDowell and Donald going out in the afternoon draw, you would have thought somebody was going to challenge Steele’s early clubhouse lead, but nobody did.


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