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Donald & McDowell Struggling at Canadian Open
Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell both had days to forget as Brendan Steele set the early pace at the RBC Canadian Open in Oakville.
Luke Donald would have hoped for better in Ontario following his failure to make the cut at the Open, but there was no reprieve for the former world number one as his frailties were once again exposed.
Donald had an up and down round which saw him register a double bogey, three bogeys and four birdies to finish on one-over – eight shots behind Steele.
Torrid times seemed the theme of the day as McDowell also endured a lacklustre time on the greens, with the US Open signing for a four-over 76 – with his round including six bogeys and two birdies.
Steele, however, was in fine form as he opened up a one-shot lead over Scott brown, Matt Kuchar and Scott Gardiner. The 30-year-old holed eight birdies, with the sole blemish on his round coming at his final hole.
Steele’s only title came at the 2011 Texas Open, and he said of the great display: : "I love being up here. I played in '06 and '07 on PGA Tour Canada. And really, got me ready to play the Nationwide Tour, which I played in '08, '09 and '10. It was a great progression in my life. I had a great time up here. Made a lot of friends and spent two summers travelling the country.
"Really, just an overall good day. Hit a lot of good shots and was able to hole some putts. When you have a good round like that and you play that well, you kind of have everything going. Today was probably the most complete round that I've had all year, so that was kind of nice. Didn't miss many greens, didn't hit many shots off line, and I was able to roll a few putts in."