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Lowry off to a flying start in Canada as Bradley seizes early lead

Rory McIlroy, Pádraig Harrington and Seamus Power are also in action at the Canadian Open in Ontario.

Lowry in action at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
Lowry in action at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
Image: Michael Reaves

SHANE LOWRY’S RICH vein of form continued apace on the opening day of the RBC Canadian Open as he carded a six-under-par round of 64 to sit one behind the early leader Keegan Bradley. 

Lowry, coming off the back of strong performances at the RBC Heritage and PGA Championship, recorded seven birdies at Hamilton Golf and Country Club on Thursday, with the only blemish of his round coming at the par-four seventh.

Ahead of next week’s US Open at Pebble Beach, Lowry will be encouraged by his recent form and has put himself in an excellent position in Canada heading towards the weekend.

American Bradley has set the early pace on seven-under-par but the likes of Lowry, Matt Kuchar, Danny Willett and Rory McIlroy are among the chasing pack.

McIlroy, playing in the Canadian Open for the first time, signed for an opening-round 67 and sits in a tie for 12th, with both Pádraig Harrington and Seamus Power finishing the day on one-over.

Graeme McDowell was among the late starters today and, similarly to Lowry, got his tournament off to a tremendous start.

The 2010 US Open winner carded six birdies and a single bogey on his way to an opening round 65 to leave him in a tie for sixth. He sits two off the lead on -5.

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