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TOTTENHAM, Ont.—Noah Goodwin holds a one-stroke lead after the first set of the Sotheby’s International Realty Canada Ontario Open. Goodwin shot a 7-under 64 that included two eagles on the back nine to take the lead on Thursday at the PGA TOUR Canada event. The sixth stage of the 2022 Tour will take place on the Legends course at Woodington Lake Golf Club.

“I played well all the way. I didn’t really make any big glaring mistakes. And if I did I was able to save par on most of them and then I started to roll the putter really, really well,” said Goodwin, who added that the latter was something his game lacked. long for the eagle to fall.”

The 22-year-old Texan, who played for Southern Methodist, had eagles on numbers 12 and 17. He birdied four of the front nine and ended up with just one bogey on his lap.

“It was just one of those days where everything went really, really well,” Goodwin said.

The German Alexander Herrmann alone holds second place. He had nine birdies en route to a 6-under 65.

“There is always room for improvement,” Hermann said. “But again, there were so many putts that usually didn’t fall. So I’ll take it. I am not complaining.”

Herrmann has had a quiet rookie season on the PGA TOUR Canada since earning medalist honors at the inaugural qualifying tournament in Weston, Fla., last February. Herrmann has made two cuts in four official starts, but his best performances are just a tie for 40th place at the Prince Edward Island Open presented by IMP Solutions. On Thursday, Herrmann, who still maintains a home in the Atlanta area after playing collegiate at Georgia State University, posted the 65, which is his lowest 18-hole score of the season. Herrmann’s previous lowest round was a 3-under 67 (Royal Beach Victoria Open) and a 4-under 68 (Prince Edward Island Open).

Alex Fitzpatrick of England is tied with Michael Blair of Canada for third, two strokes off the lead at 5 under. Fitzpatrick’s round featured five birdies and an eagle. Blair recorded seven birdies. This included four out of five holes at the start.

“I just kept hitting him in doable spots,” Blair said of his approach shots. “And that was the stretch where they entered.”

No one, however, got off to a better start than Parker Gillam. He had eagles on two of his first four holes. Gillam is coming off a straight top-10, his most recent draw for fifth place last week at the Osprey Valley Open presented by Votorantim Cimentos – CBM Aggregates

“I’m pretty happy,” Gillam said. “It was a good start, a good score. I can’t complain.

Gillam finished the round at 4 under. He doubled the par-3 16th but bounced back with back-to-back birdies to end his day. He is tied for fifth with Jared du Toit, Joseph Harrison, Jake Knapp, Dylan Meyer. Greyson Porter, Brad Reeves and Fortinet Cup leader Danny Walker, winner of last week’s Osprey Valley Open.

Play continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the champion receiving $36,000 and 500 Fortinet Cop points.

Did you know that the first round chief Noah Goodwin missed the cut at three PGA TOUR Canada stops this season (Victoria, Edmonton and Osprey Valley)? His only weekend of play ended in a tie for 34th at the Prince Edward Island Open.

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How Canada’s best fared

There are 42 Canadians in the peloton this week. Michael Blair, of Hamilton, and Jared du Toit, of Calgary, are in the top five after the first round. Here’s a look at the 11 players who finished tied or better after the first 18 holes.

pos. Player Score
T3 Michael Blair 33-33—66 (5-minus)
T5 Jared du Toit 32-35—67 (4-less)
T13 cougar collins 34-34—68 (3-under)
T19 Branson Ferrier 32-37—69 (2-under)
T28 a- Peyton Callens 36-34—70 (1-under)
T28 Freddy D’Angelo 33-37—70 (1-under)
T49 Myles Creighton 34-37—71 (even)
T49 jimmy jones 36-35—71 (even)
T49 Brendan MacDougall 35-36—71 (even)
T49 Drew Nesbitt 35-36—71 (even)
T49 Noah Steele 35-36—71 (even)

Fortinet Cup standings

(Through Osprey Valley Open presented by Votorantim Cimentos – CBM Aggregates)

Rank Player Points
1 Danny Walker (USA) 620
2 Wil Bateman (Canada) 591
3 Brian Carlson (USA) 562
4 Scott Stevens (USA) 519
5 Cooper Musselman (USA) 418
6 Joe Highsmith (USA) 379
seven Cooper Dossey (USA) 374
8 Jake Knapp (USA) 364
9 Chris R. Wilson (Canada) 336
ten Jorge Villar (Mexico) 258

Noah Goodwin finished the 2022 college season ranked 12th on the PGA TOUR University Velocity World Rankings, earning him one of 10 PGA TOUR Canada cards available to those who finish numbers 6-15. The former SMU product Mustang leads the Sotheby’s International Realty Canada Ontario Open and is two strokes ahead of alexander Fitzpatrick, who tied for third. The Englishman finished sixth in the Velocity World Rankings while playing for Wake Forest.

So far not so good for the PGA TOUR Canada First Round leaders this season. None have won any of the four tournaments played so far. Danny Walker is the only second-round leader to end up winning. He finally needed a playoff Cooper Mouleman to prevail at last week’s Osprey Valley Open. It was the third Tour qualifier of the year.

Among this year’s winners, Will batman has the lowest opening round. Bateman shot a 6-under 65 in winning the ATB Classic. No player shot a first-round score in the 70s and won this year.

Homework, doing this course, pays for Alexander Hermann of Germany. After missing the cut last week, the former Georgia State standout is in second place after the first round. “It’s a good golf course. I mean, there are tough tee shots, and green complexes are also tricky. So scouting was really important. We’ve been there twice, which we don’t usually do,” Herrmann said. “We usually play one, maybe a practice round and a half. But it certainly helped. All in all, it reminded me a lot of golf back home, like in Germany. Some of the courses are quite similar to what I see here. So maybe that was a plus as well.

It was a story of two nines for Parker Coody. He started on the back nine at Woodington Lake Golf Club, starting his day with a triple bogey at No. 10. He added two more bogeys and shot 40. He shot a 30 on the front nine, racking up six birdies along the way. He parried the first, third and sixth holes. Coody finished with a 1-under 70 for the round.

A look at how Monday’s tournament playoffs fared in the first round: Etienne Brault (3-plus), Riley Elmes (6+), Branson Ferrier (2 less), Kevin Gordon (3-plus), James Hervol (6+), ryan linton (8+), Calvin Ross (more than 10) and Mike Van sickle (4-plus). Peyton Callens, one of four amateurs in the tournament, was 1 under. It’s the little amateur on 18 holes.

canadian cougar collins had a few mediocre rounds last weekend at TPC Toronto, his home run at Caledon a week ago. However, Collins bounced back this week with a 68 on Thursday, matching the success of her first two days at the Osprey Valley Open.

Tony Gil (Canada) and Motin Yeung (Hong Kong) withdrew from the tournament due to injury.

Players think…

“I saw a few putts come early and then I was able to keep that momentum going. I love this course and everything about it. —Noah Goodwin

“We’re just going to regroup [Friday]. It’s gonna be a different day, a different pin game. And I’m just going to use the same strategy that I used today, and we’ll go from there. —Alex Hermann

“The greens are quite hard. They pinned it pretty hard and there are a lot of weird slopes on it. You have to be very careful. —Parker Gillam

“The greens are really tough, and you have to be very precise to give yourself good putts. Hitting the green isn’t good enough here. You have to put it in the right places. » —Jake Knapp

“I had some good putts and hit a lot of good shots, but it’s just the dumbest ones that you focus on after you play. If I can clean this up, then we’ll see. —Joseph Harrison

“I can’t wait to get back to it and I hope to continue my game on [Friday].” -Michael Blair

First lap weather: Partly cloudy and warm. High of 23. Wind variable at 4-7 km/h.