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MONTREAL – Michael Putnam, who is from University Place, and Tim Petrovic shared the first-round lead in the Canadian Open on Thursday, shooting a 6-under 64 at rain-softened Royal Montreal.

Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor and Canadian amateur Taylor Pendrith were a stroke back in the PGA Tour event.

Putnam, who didn’t have a bogey, hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation.

“It was tough ball-striking, but somehow I was able to keep it in the fairway and take advantage of the soft greens to hit a couple of shots close,” he said.

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Alex Prugh, a former Washington Huskies player from Spokane, was tied for 16th at 67. Kevin Chappell (72), who owns a home in Kirkland, was tied for 106th place, and ex-UW Husky Richard H. Lee (74) was tied for 138th.

U.S. duos are swept by Taiwan

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Yani Tseng made a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to give Taiwan a sweep of the top-seeded U.S. squad in the opening round of the 32-player, eight-team LPGA International Crown.

Tseng and Phoebe Yao posted a 1-up victory over Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson after Candie Kung and Teresa Lu beat Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr 4 and 3 at Caves Valley.

The Americans play Spain on Friday.

Langer leads Sr. British Open

BRIDGEND, Wales – Bernhard Langer of Germany shot a 6-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over American Bob Tway in the Senior British Open, a major at Royal Porthcawl.

Seattle native Fred Couples (71) was tied for seventh place, and Kirk Triplett (72), a graduate of Pullman High School, was tied for 16th.

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