OAKVILLE, ONTARIO, JULY 2 -- Joey Sindelar sank a 25-foot eagle putt on the final hole that lifted him into a one-shot lead today in the first round of the $600,000 Canadian Open.
Sindelar's dramatic finish late on a day of occasional rain completed a round of 4-under-par 68 and took him from one stroke behind to one in front.
"The key was that I hit my best tee shots on the par-5s, and you kind of look to them as the pickup holes," said Sindelar, who had three birdies and an eagle on the four long holes.
Tom Purtzer, winner of two titles in a 12-year PGA Tour career, put a birdie-birdie finish on a 69, good for second.
Richard Zokol, seeking to become the first Canadian to win his country's national championship since 1954, was tied for third with a 70, two strokes off the pace. He was in a group with defending champion Bob Murphy, Steve Pate and Ernie Gonzalez.
Jack Nicklaus, seven times a runner-up but never a winner of this event, was one shot off the lead going to the 18th hole. But his double-bogey 7 left him at 72.
Rookie Nancy Taylor shot a 4-under-par 68 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic.
Taylor birdied three consecutive holes down the stretch on the 6,220-yard course to take the lead over Cindy Hill and Heather Farr.
Another shot back in a group at 70 were Sarah LeVeque, Sue Fogleman, Stephanie Farwig, Laurie Rinker, Jerilyn Britz, Julie Cole, Sherri Turner, Cathy Gerring and Tammie Green.
Taylor, 27, has made the cut in only four of 16 tournaments this year, with her best finish a tie for 37th two weeks ago at the Lady Keystone.