The golfers that got out early in the first round of the RBC Canadian Open had a huge advantage in terms of scoring conditions over their afternoon counterparts. One thing about playing a track that has numerous holes in a valley is the fact that the wind can wreak havoc on the golf ball. That’s exactly what happened to the later groups at Glen Abbey Golf Club.
American Brendan Steele was one of the fortunate players to get out early, and did he ever take advantage of the conditions. Steele carded a seven under par 65 in the first round to jump out to a one shot lead over a trio of golfers that includes Matt Kuchar. The top Canadian to this point in the tournament is Brad Fritsch, who currently sits at three under par. “I felt like I played really well today,” he said. “I felt like I drove it great. I think I hit less than 50 percent of the fairways, but I think that’s just the nature of this golf course.” Graham DeLaet, one of the top ranked Canucks in the field is seven shots off of the pace at even par heading into the second round.
It was really tough for the afternoon wave of golfers to get anything going, mainly because of the windy conditions. One saving grace is the fact that the tee times will be flipped tomorrow. That’s great news for the guys getting out early, unless the conditions start poorly and get better throughout the day. Then they’re pretty much outta luck.
The players who got out later in the day do have the advantage of having played in the wind and should have a leg up tomorrow in terms of knowing how to cope.