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2 lead, Weir 6 back at Canadian Open

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Lucas Glover stood in the middle of the 18th fairway Thursday 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 65 to share the first-round lead in the Canadian Open 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.

It has been a feast or famine year for Glover, who has six top-10 finishes but also has missed the cut 11 times. It was more of the same Thursday.

He had the lead alone at 6 under, but bogeyed the par-4 15th, where his drive found the rough. He then missed 8-foot birdie putts on 16 and 18.

"I had a couple of chances late and didn't make the putts, but you can't be disappointed with 65 around here," Glover said.

Glover double-bogeyed the par-4 ninth, where his second shot out of a fairway bunker ended up behind a grandstand. He then holed a bunker shot for birdie on the 485-yard 11th hole, the toughest hole on the course, then birdied the next three holes. He also made a 35-footer on the par-5 seventh.

"I came in thinking this is more of a major course and everybody is going to have some foulups, so just stay patient," Glover said.

Calcavecchia, winless since the 2001 Phoenix Open, got a share of the lead with a birdie on the par-4 ninth — his final hole — where his second shot left him with a 2-foot putt. In a less dramatic round than Glover's, Calcavecchia had six birdies and one bogey.

Calcavecchia said his confidence soared after hitting 13 of 14 fairways in Wednesday's pro-am.

"The one I missed, I missed by about a foot," he said. "That gave me a lot of enthusiasm coming into today's round because if you don't drive it well here, you're cooked."

Parnevik credited a seven-hour session on the driving range after his practice round Wednesday for his low round.

"My game didn't feel that great after the practice rounds," Parnevik said after his opening round of six birdies and two bogeys. "I spent, six, seven, eight hours on the range last night. I found something."

When Parnevik did find the rough, his short game bailed him out.

"The key was the front nine," Parnevik said. "The game felt pretty good but somehow the ball jumped jut out into the rough or I just missed the greens. So I scrambled like crazy. Two under on the front is amazing. It could easily have been 3- or 4-over-par."

Four players were two shots off the lead, among them Todd Hamilton, the 2004 British Open champion. The others were Scott Dunlap, a Nationwide Tour player who got into the tournament through a Monday qualifier, Brandt Jobe and Ted Purdy.

Canadian Mike Weir of Draper, the 2003 Masters champion, was 5 over after six holes, then birdied four of the five holes in a back nine of 31 to salvage a round of 71. Weir, who lost the Canadian Open last year to Singh in a playoff at Glen Abbey, made a 38-footer for birdie on 18. He could have finished with five straight birdies, but missed a short putt on 16.

GERMAN MASTERS: At Pulheim, Germany, England's Barry Lane shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead in the European tour's German Masters.

Lane, playing with a left knee injury that required painkillers, was tied with Wales' Bradley Dredge, Austria's Markus Brier, Australia's Peter Senior, Zimbabwe's Marc Cayeux and England's Andrew Marshall.

Retief Goosen and Bernhard Langer were among seven players a stroke back. Langer is chasing a fifth title at the event he co-promotes with his brother, Erwin.