Big names doing their part to keep Canadian Open buzz alive and well

Dustin Johnson, of the United States, tees off at the second hole during the 2017 Canadian Open at the Glen Abbey Golf Club, in Oakville, Ont., on Thursday, July 27, 2017. (Nathan Denette/CP)

By Michael Grange, Sportsnet.ca, July 27, 2017 

OAKVILLE, Ont. – The weather tried to steal the day, but what star power the RBC Canadian Open has did its best push its way up the leaderboard and into the storylines.

Thankfully, for all concerned.

Five men have a share of the lead with 14 players failing to complete the first round after play was called for darkness at 8:48 p.m. ET, progress in the opening round slowed by a weather delay of nearly two hours late in the afternoon, the second downpour of the day.

Your leaders – all of whom require name tags – made it to 7 under par on a day when the air was still and the greens were soft. They are: Hudson Swafford, Kevin Chappell, Brandon Hagy, Matt Every and Ollie Schniederjans. All are worthy PGA Tour players – just ask their mums – but not the names that create a rush to buy tickets or draw in a casual sports fan.

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