Published: Sun, June 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

RBC Canadian Open honours 75th anniversary of D-Day with military flyover

RBC Canadian Open honours 75th anniversary of D-Day with military flyover

Keegan Bradley earned a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the RBC Canadian Open. "Today I was in complete control of my ball, and then when you couple that with feeling good on the greens, that's when a 63 or a good, nice round happens".

Two-time defending US Open champion Brooks Koepka, who took three weeks off after winning the PGA Championship, travelled north of the border for the same reason and said he was satisfied with a first-round 70.

The 39-year-old has yet to secure a spot for the tournament, but there are three places available via the Canadian Open for players who have yet to qualify but finish in the top 10. "Definitely an improvement on how I played last week at the Memorial".

"I told myself that over the course of 72 holes everyone was going to have their one or two mistakes they really want to have back".

Every time the RBC Canadian Open rolls around, the name Pat Fletcher is almost impossible to avoid.

American star Dustin Johnson, meanwhile, had some struggles during his first-round 71.

"Don't let the highs get too high, don't let the lows get too low", Nesbitt, who Monday qualified into and missed the cut at the 2017 RBC Canadian Open, said.

Mackenzie Hughes of neighbouring Dundas, Ont., has played Hamilton dozens of times.

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Golfer putting on the green.

But as far as bombers go, something else stole the show Thursday afternoon at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

"I try to have some fun with that hole".

"Just spoiled it at the end there, but I was 6 under through 17 and it was pretty stress free for the most part", Hughes said. Like Weir, Corey Conners, Michael Gligic, Richard T. Lee and Monday qualifier James Allenby began with even-par rounds.

Thanks to a trio of birdies on the back nine, Irish golfer Rory McIlroy finished with a three-under 67 after 18 holes. It's a golf course I haven't played.

Bradley, who captured the 2018 BMW Championship, made pars on the first six hole before collecting five consecutive birdies and six in the new seven holes.

"It's obviously an emotional day for a lot of people", Hadwin said.

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