Tim Wilkinson placed well in Canadian Open

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Last updated 11:39 25/07/2014
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KIWI GOLFER: Tim Wilkinson.

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Tim Wilkinson has carded another solid opening round on the PGA Tour, tied 16th at the Canadian Open.

Recovering from two bogeys in the first three holes, Wilkinson fought back to shoot 67 at Royal Montreal Golf Club this morning to be three off the lead after the first 18 holes.

New Zealand's other player in the tournament, Danny Lee, has also made a steady start with his one-under par 69 good enough for a share of 44th.

Making the cut would keep both Lee and Wilkinson on track to retain their PGA Tour cards for next season.

Americans Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic hold the opening round lead after six-under rounds of 64.

Canadian amateur Taylor Pendrith is also causing a stir, with the home hope five-under par and in a tie for third after the first round.

Meanwhile on the PGA Tour's feeder circuit, the Web.Com Tour, in-form New Zealander Steven Alker is also off to a good start.

Alker, who is well-placed to gain an expansive list of exemptions on next year's PGA Tour, is tied 19th at the Midwest Classic in Kansas.

Carding an opening round three-under 68, Alker is four strokes behind early American leader Paul Haley II, who posted 64 at the Nicklaus Golf Club at Lionsgate.

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