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Clark takes Canadian Open lead

TORONTO, CANADA (AFP) – Wyndham Clark fired a seven-under-par 63 to grab a one-shot lead after the first round of the RBC Canadian Open in Toronto yesterday.

The 28-year-old American, chasing his first PGA Tour victory five years after turning professional, reeled off seven birdies in a bogey-free round.

That was good enough for a one-shot lead over England’s Matt Fitzpatrick, who posted a six-under par 64.

Fitzpatrick was denied a share of the lead after a lone bogey five on the par-4 fourth hole.

“I’ve made a lot of cuts this year and had a lot of really solid rounds,” Clark said afterwards.

“I just haven’t put them together. So I’ve been trending in the right direction, and today it all kind of came together.

“I’m really hoping that we keep going this week with that and leading into next week at the

US Open and for the rest of the summer.”

Americans Doug Ghim and Harold Varner III were two off the lead on five under after carding matching 65s.

Wyndham Clark lines up his putt on the eighth green during the first round of the Canadian Open golf tournament in Toronto. PHOTO: AP