Joey Sindelar shot a 5-under 66 yesterday and held a two-stroke lead over Pat Perez in the rain-delayed opening round of the Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario.
With a five-hour delay because of rain, half the field at Glen Abbey did not come close to finishing the first round and four players didn't even tee off.
Only 10 players aside from Sindelar among the early starters managed to break par on a course that was soaked with rain but still played difficult because of 30 mph gusts and pins tucked atop knobs to avoid any standing water.
Vijay Singh was among the late starters, and the 41-year-old Fijian had to wait until nearly 6 p.m. before he could play his first tournament as golf's No. 1 player. He was 3 over after five holes.
David Duval shot an even-par 71.
Masters champion Phil Mickelson started and finished his round with a birdie, but shot 75.
* EUROPE: Padraig Harrington, playing days after laser eye surgery, broke his slump with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke lead over Alex Cejka at the German Masters in Pulheim.
* ASIA: Ernie Els shot a 71 and was three strokes behind leader Hendrik Buhrmann after the first round of the Korean Open in Seoul. . . .
Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen shot an even-par 70 in the opening round of the Suntory Open, leaving him five strokes behind leaders Scott Laycock and Y.E. Yang in Inzai, Japan.
-- From News Services