July 24, 2014
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
- Kyle Stanley took advantage of morning conditions on Thursday at Royal Montreal. (Charles Laberge/Getty Images)
ILE BIZARD, Quebec -- After shooting the lowest round of his 2013-2014 PGA TOUR season, Kyle Stanley found himself in an unfamiliar position: his 5-under 65 made him the leader in the clubhouse after the morning wave at the RBC Canadian Open.
“It’s nice for me to get a round like this because it kind of shows that I’m working on some of the right things,” Stanley said. “It hasn’t been my best year by any means, but I’m starting to play a little bit better.”
The back nine at Royal Montreal is supposed to be the tougher of the two. Stanley, however, shot a bogey-free 30, with five birdies.
“I’m surprised 5 under is leading right now. You can take advantage of a lot of these holes if you drive it in the fairway,” he said. “I was able to make a couple of long putts on the (first) nine, just got off to a good start.”
He made a bogey and a birdie on the front nine (his back nine) to come home at even par.
“The front nine is pretty difficult. You have a couple of mid-irons into those par-3s, and a 500-yard par-4. It’s kind of a sneaky demanding course.”
The Clemson University alum played with fellow Tigers Lucas Glover and Jonathan Byrd, and said the familiar pairing helped.
“I’ve known J-Byrd and Lucas Glover since before I got here out on TOUR, so it was a pretty comfortable group for us. It was nice to be out there with a couple friends.”
Round 1 highlights from Kyle Stanley at RBC Canadian