Leon stays on top in Ontario
Peterborough, ON (Sports Network) - Coming off his second career PGA Tour Canada win, Hugo Leon fired an 8-under 63 on Thursday to grab a share of the lead after the opening round of the Wildfire Invitational.
Leon won last week's Great Waterway Classic, then made the short trip to Wildfire Golf Club and once again found himself atop the leaderboard. The Chilean countered his lone bogey with an eagle and seven birdies to sit alongside Kyle Stough through 18 holes.
"I played great today again I hit tons of quality shots," said Leon.
Eugene Wong and Albin Choi are tied for third after carding matching 7-under 64s, while Mackenzie Hughes and Cory Renfrew are knotted in fifth after opening-round 65s.
Andrew Parr, Will Strickler, Nick Taylor, Josh Persons, Derek Berg, Jorge Fernandez-Valdes and Nate McCoy share seventh at 5-under 66.
Leon, who ranks fourth on the Order of Merit, went out with the afternoon wave, off the first tee, and picked up four birdies, including two straight from the par-4 fifth, during an outward 31.
Around the turn, he stumbled to a bogey at the 11th, but promptly bounced back with an eagle at the par-5 12th. He had three birdies and three pars the rest of the way to hit the clubhouse with the lead.
Stough also teed off in the afternoon and he eventually joined Leon at 8- under, highlighting his bogey-free round with four straight birdies from the fifth.
"When I get days like this going, and they don't happen very often, I'm standing on every tee box thinking birdie," said Stough. "Every hole seems like a birdie hole when you're playing like I did today and I'm sure Hugo felt the same way."
NOTES: Leon's other PGA Tour Canada win came at the 2011 ATB Financial Classic ... The top five players on the Order of Merit at the end of the season earn a Web.com Tour card ... The Wildfire Invitational is an inaugural event on the PGA Tour Canada. The pro-am format features amateurs playing in teams with a pair of PGA Tour Canada professionals on Thursday and Friday, with the final 36 holes reserved for professional competition.
08/29 21:32:30 ET