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Glover, Calcavecchia lead

AP , VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Mark Calcavecchia of West Palm Beach, Florida, watches his drive during the first round of the Canadain Open in Vancouver, Thursday.

PHOTO: AP

Lucas Glover made eight birdies and shot a 5-under 65 Thursday 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.

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