Scott Gardiner plants a seed at Canadian Open

Scott Gardiner of Australia launches his tee shot from the 10th tee during the first round of the...

Scott Gardiner of Australia launches his tee shot from the 10th tee during the first round of the Canadian Open. The 37-year-old PGA Tour rookie is one off the lead. (Reuters)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:46 PM ET

OAKVILLE, ONT. - He’s a PGA Tour rookie at the age of 37, clinging by his fingernails to the opportunity it took so long to achieve.

Thursday, Scott Gardiner caught lightning in a bottle on the front nine at Glen Abbey, catapulting him into the rarefied air at the top of the Canadian Open leaderboard with a round of 66 and a tie for second after one round, a round he knows could have been even better, after playing the final three holes in one over par.

“I’m just trying to improve my form because I’ve struggled for most of the year,” said the Australian. “I really need to peak at this end of the season because I want to stay out here.”

Coming into the Canadian Open, Gardiner has played 20 tournaments in his first year on tour, made five cuts and just under $200,000 US and is presently far away from renewing his playing privileges.


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