TORONTO (AP) — Wyndham Clark started the week with a late charge to play his way into the U.S. Open in a qualifier, and then he stayed hot Thursday in the RBC Canadian Open for a 7-under 63 to take the first-round lead. Clark opened with five birdies in nine holes and kept bogeys off his card at St. George’s Golf and Country Club. Matt Fitzpatrick was a stroke back, and Doug Ghim and Harold Varner III followed at 65. Defending champion Rory McIlroy had six birdies in his round of 66 that left him tied with Tony Finau, Lee Hodges and Mackenzie Hughes, who would love nothing more than to become the first Canadian to win his national open since 1954.
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