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July 25 2013

1:30 PM

Steele grabs early lead in Canada

Before Brendan Steele got to the PGA TOUR, he spent two seasons on the Canadian Tour, where his best finish was a runner-up in Edmonton.

Now he's looking to do one better.

Steele opened with a 7-under 65 Thursday at Glen Abbey, where he grabbed the lead after the morning wave of the RBC Canadian Open.

The 30-year-old Californian, whose lone win on TOUR came in San Antonio two years ago, made eight birdies and just one bogey in the first round. He wasn't the only one to go low, however.

Three others, including Matt Kuchar, are just a shot back, while Hunter Mahan and David Lingmerth are two off the pace.

Eight others are at 4 under.

Steele has three top 25s this season, which includes a sixth-place finish in Phoenix, but has also missed eight cuts in 20 starts, including six in a row at one point. The 65 is his best score since back-to-back 65s in the second and third rounds in Phoenix.

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