Calgary's Ryan Yip and David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., shot identical 72s to tie for 61st.
Watson mixed four birdies with two bogeys during his opening-round 70 at Glen Abbey Country Club, where he narrowly avoided injury in comical fashion late in his round.
As good as Robert Garrigus has been at the RBC Canadian Open, he thinks he could have been even better in Thursday's first round.
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Glen Abbey opened in June 1976 and hosted its first Canadian Open in 1977. Live coverage continues on Friday from 8pm on Sky Sports Golf.
"I'm really excited to be here this year", said Silverman, who is competing in his first open as a PGA Tour member after first playing in Montreal in 2014. Rolled some putts in, chipped in, and you've got to do that around here, and you've got to keep going.
In recent years, there has been much debate about the players and the equipment having outgrown the game and the golf courses. He came in at four-under, and is tied for clubhouse low-Canadian, along with Nick Taylor from Abbotsford, B.C. "I'm going to try my best, like I do every year". "They wanted us to wear our favorite hockey jersey when we hit the shot on No. 7, so I had the Gretzky jersey on".
So, who will be the Great White North hope at the RBC Canadian Open this year?
"I feel very comfortable, but you still get those first tee jitters when you get on the tee and they announce your name, and you get a little bit louder cheer than you get anywhere else". And I finally closed one off and made a couple birdies towards the end there.
"I've definitely had some good experiences here in the past and have been looking forward to coming here basically all season", said Conners, who has one top-10 this season, at T8 at the Fort Worth Invitational in May. Johnson Wagner (65) and Byeong Hun An (67) were 11 under, and top-ranked Dustin Johnson (66), Zac Blair (67), Joaquin Niemann (67) and Aaron Baddeley (6) followed at 10 under.
"My caddie looked at me and was like, 'Oh, that's in the auto, '" Gligic said, smiling and mostly dried out after a round of 64.
Hadwin might be the obvious choice to do the trick but, despite his PGA pedigree with one tour win and a 59 fired in January 2017 at the CareerBuilder Challenge, he hasn't fared well here the past couple of years. "I know there's not a fifth major, but it's kind of our fifth major for myself and for most of the Canadians".
Canadian Mackenzie Hughes watches his tee shot before play was suspended due to bad weather. The only problem is you're going East Coast to West Coast and then back to the East Coast, so you might see some guys not play, just for the fact that they're playing the week after (the Travelers Championship in Hartford).
Nicklaus's brief was to create a course that could provide a home for the Canadian Open, and to be designed not only for the tournament player but for the average golfer.
I have recommended that all the greenside bunkers should be maintained in their current position, and that no fairway bunkers be removed unless another replaces it.