WINNIPEG — Peter Campbell of Baddeck, N.S., birdied five straight holes on his back nine to tie Carlos Sainz, Jr. at 7-under 65 on Thursday to share the lead after the opening round of The Players Cup.
"Today, all the putts dropped, and that’s what yields good scores," said Sainz, Jr., who shot a bogey-free round.
Both players have struggled so far on PGA TOUR Canada’s inaugural season. Each made their first cuts in three tries this year in Fort McMurray, Alta., last week, with Sainz, Jr. finishing a tie for 25th, and Campbell tying for 44th.
Campbell, the only PGA TOUR Canada player from Nova Scotia, said a mostly solid final round last week – he was 6-under until a triple bogey on the 17th on Sunday – gave him confidence heading into this week.
"I started off a little rough this year, but playing well last week really gave me some momentum coming into today," said Campbell, whose 65 was his lowest career round on PGA TOUR Canada
South Africa's Doug McGuigan briefly joined the party at 7-under, but bogeyed the difficult par-3 ninth to finish alone in third at 66.