Lucas Glover stood in the middle of the 18th fairway yesterday, waiting to hit his second shot to the par-4 hole. He checked his yardage book, waved to a fan in the gallery, and practiced his back swing. He looked like a man who knew what he was doing.
For most of the day, he did.
The second-year PGA Tour player from Greenville, S.C., made eight birdies and shot a 5-under-par 65 to share the first-round lead in the Canadian Open in Vancouver, British Columbia, with veteran Mark Calcavecchia.
Glover and Calcavecchia took advantage of near-perfect afternoon conditions on the tight, tree-lined, and rough-rich Shaughnessy course.
Jasper Parnevik, who played in the morning, shot a 66.
Defending champion Vijay Singh didn't make a birdie and had three bogeys in a round of 73. The world's second-ranked player and leading money winner the past two years again struggled with his putter, missing several birdie putts from inside 15 feet.
Singh, who declined to be interviewed, never got anything going, and having to wait through some slow play probably didn't help. He and playing partner Stuart Appleby waited nearly 30 minutes when three groups stacked up on the par-3 12th hole.
On the next hole, Appleby's tee shot caught a tree and dropped into a small creek about 100 yards from the tee. It took several minutes to locate the ball. Singh, whose tee shot found a fairway bunker, bogeyed that hole and the next, after his tee shot again found a bunker.
European -- England's Barry Lane shot a 6-under 66 despite needing painkillers for his left knee and shared the first-round lead with five others at the German Masters in Pulheim.
He was joined at the top by Bradley Dredge of Wales, Markus Brier of Austria, Peter Senior of Australia, Marc Cayeux of Zimbabwe, and Andrew Marshall of England.
Retief Goosen and Bernhard Langer, who is chasing his fifth title at the event, were among seven players a stroke back.
NEPGA -- Troy Pare of Pleasant Valley Country Club carded a 70--136 to capture the Assistants Championship at Red Tail GC in Devens, Mass.
Ryan Fountaine (65), Tom Johnson (69), and Jeffrey Martin (71) finished tied for second at 141.