Appleby and Coles lurking in Canada

Appleby has been finding some form of late

AUSSIE golfers Stuart Appleby and Gavin Coles sit at 5-under just three strokes behind leader Scott Piercy after the first round of the 2012 Canadian Open.

In rainy conditions, the 33 year old American shot a course record 8-under 62 that included two eagles and five birdies with a lone bogey at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

Piercy, who is looking to move inside the FedEx Cup top 15, is coming off a third-place finish two weeks ago in the John Deere Classic. He birdied three of his final five holes.

“The greens were receptive. I wouldn’t say overly soft or hard,” Piercy said.

England’s Greg Owen and American William McGirt shared second place a stroke further back.

Those tied with Appleby and Coles included 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel and the winner of this event in 2004 Vijay Singh.

Former champion Nathan Green and his new belly putter were on even while British Open champion Ernie Els was 2-over.

2012 Canadian Open Leaderboard
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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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