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late with top 35 finishes in his last three outings.

"I hit the ball well on my first nine today. I was able to make a few of the long range putts that got the round going for me."

Stanley is best known for posting his only PGA Tour win a week after a memorable collapse.

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Stanley's 5 under was the best among the early tee times.

´╗┐Kyle Stanley takes advantage of prime conditions for early Canadian Open lead

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The soft greens made for ideal scoring conditions, but Stanley said the course is still a challenge.

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There was no rust in his game, however.

But the surprise of the day was big hitting amateur Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., who shot five under 65 for a share of third place with Kyle Stanley.

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In 2012, he blew a six shot lead in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open and lost in a playoff to Snedeker, then bounced back with a victory at the Phoenix Open.

The 23 year old Pendrith, Canada's top amateur, had a dream day in his first round of his first Canadian Open. He recently graduated from Kent State University and hopes to play in the world amateur championships this summer before Nike Air Force 1 Low Tan

"The front nine suits my game a lot," he said. "I can shoot driver nearly every hole.

for the those with afternoon starts, but it didn't stop Putnam or Petrovic from shooting the low scores of the day, which set the course record for an opening round.

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Another sunny day is forecast for the second round on Friday, with a possibility of wet weather on the weekend.

The 47 year old Petrovic didn't know he would play until he got a call on Tuesday saying he was in as the seventh alternate. The former PGA Tour regular, playing only his eighth Tour event this season, didn't even have his name on the program.

"I didn't set my expectations high because I got in late, so this was kind of my practice round," said Petrovic. "I walked the back nine (Wednesday).

"I love this golf course," the Gig Harbor, Wash., native said. "It's similar to the one I grew up with in Washington, so I felt pretty comfortable.

"I had four birdies on the front nine, all with wedges."

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"I never expected that," said Pendrith. "I was playing good golf coming in here, so I just played golf.

MONTREAL Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic mastered the afternoon winds to shoot six under par 64s and take a share of the first round lead at the US$5.7 million RBC Canadian Open on Thursday.

This season has been trying for the 26 year old. He sits 164th in FedEx Cup standings with only one top 25 finish, which was in October.

There were 11 players tied at 4 under 66, including Nick Watney and Charl Schwartzel, and another 16 at 3 under 67, including David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., and two time Canadian Open champion Jim Furyk.

Putnam and Petrovic played bogey free golf at the 7,153 yard par 70 Blue Course at Royal Montreal on a near perfect day for scoring, with sunny weather and soft greens from heavy rains the previous day.

"That front nine is pretty difficult," he said. "There's a couple of mid irons into the par 3s and a 500 yard par 4 (the fourth), so it's a kind of sneaky demanding course."

Another dozen were at 2 under 68 and there were 23 at 1 under 69, including top ranked Canadian Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., and defending champion Brandt Snedeker.

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Pendrith is 18th in world amateur rankings, tops among Canadians.

He played in the last threesome to tee off in the afternoon, when the worst of the wind was up, but used his long drives to cut through the tree lined fairways and get close to the greens. He had seven birdies, including one on a putt that trickled in on the 18th, and two bogeys.

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"Five under is pretty nice. Everybody has some nerves. If you didn't have nerves on the first tee something would be wrong with you. But after I played the first hole, I felt calm and felt I should be here."

"It was tough ball striking, but somehow I was able to keep it in the fairway and take advantage of Nike Air Force 1 High Brown Suede the soft greens to hit a couple of shots close and make a couple of five to ten foot putts," said Putnam, who has been playing his best golf of the season of Nike Air Force 1 Low All White

"It wasn't that I played conservative. I was just trying to hit fairways and greens, trying to see the golf course and see if I could make a few putts. I drove the ball pretty good overall."

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likely turning pro in the fall.

Although it's early, he's one stroke off the lead of a tournament no Canadian has won since Pat Fletcher in 1954.

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