*Image credit: Golf Canada/Bernard Brault
July 25th, 2014 – Montreal, Quebec (VIGolf.ca) – The talk after the first round of the RBC Canadian Open was about Canada’s Taylor Pendrith who is currently the 17th ranked amateur in the world. Pendrith lit up the Royal Montreal Golf Club on Thursday during the first round as he fired -5, 65 to put him into a tie for third place, and to lead all other Canadians in the field.
“I was just trying to go out there and play golf and do my own thing and not really worry too much about what was going on around me,” said the 23 year old who earned his exemption after winning last year’s Canadian Amateur Championship at the Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, British Columbia.
Thee recent Kent State grad, is Canada`s top amateur player and will likely be turning pro in the fall once he wraps up his play at the World Amateur Championships. Pendrith, who is the longest hitter in the field this week, was average more 20 yards longer than everyone else, not to mentioned pumping his tee shot on eight 365 yards.
“ I played other sports growing up, played hockey and baseball, and I was just a powerful guy in both of those. I had a pretty hard slapshot and I was a pitcher and threw pretty hard. It’s just natural I guess. I’m lucky.”
Pendrith started the day -2 after four holes before giving one back on five. His bogey, on five was his only stumble on the front nine as he would go one to record birdies on seven and eight and finish with a 32 on the front nine. His back nine started with three straight pars, before sinking a birdie putt on 13. He pared fourteen, birdied fifteen, gave a shot back on sixteen, before a par on seventeen, and finishing out strong with a birdie on 18.
“I made a lot of birdies, hit it close a lot, hit it in some good spots off the tee, which left me with short irons in, chip shots a couple times, which gave me a good advantage to just hit it close and capitalize and made the putts, so it was a fun day.”
The last time a Canadian has won the RBC Canadian Open was back in 1956 when Doug Saunders won as an Amateur. Pendrith, tees off his second round at 9:00 am on Friday with Burnaby’s Adam Hadwin, and Palm City Florida’s Jim Herman.