Tim Ailes of Delaware, Ohio, shot a seven-under 65 on Thursday at Edmonton’s Glendale Golf and Country Club to take the first-round lead before play was suspended due to dangerous weather at the Syncrude Oil Country Championship.
Ailes carded six birdies and an eagle to lead by one over five players, with 42 left to complete their first round after play was suspended due to dangerous weather in the area at 6:14 p.m.
Among the players a shot back were Calgary’s Riley Fleming, who was six under with two holes to play in round one, and former ATB Financial Classic champion Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont., who claimed victory the last time the Mackenzie Tour played in Edmonton.
“I think it might be Alberta in general. Maybe it’s the thin air and the ball goes farther or something,” said Gligic. “I’ve played pretty well in Edmonton and Calgary and I don’t know what it is, but I’m going to keep riding it.”
Tied with Fleming and Gligic were England’s David Skinns, who finished the day at six-under 66, as well as Will McCurdy of Auburn, Ala., who was 6-under with five holes to play in round.
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There are no Canadians in the field at Baltusrol, where Jimmy Walker leads by one over Emiliano Grillo, Ross Fisher and Martin Kaymer.
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Leader Stephan Jaeger shot the first 58 in the history of the Web.com Tour to open a four-shot lead at the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif.
Starting on the back nine, Jaeger made the turn at six under and added another six birdies on his second nine to finish the day at 12 under.
Mackenzie Hughes leads the Canadian contingent after he shot a three-under 67.
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