Canada's Pendrith off to strong start at Mexican Open
Canadian Taylor Pendrith got off to a strong start at the PGA's Mexican Open on Thursday.
The Richmond Hill, Ont. native finished his day tied for the clubhouse lead after posting a 65 in his opening round. He joined Stephan Jaeger and Eric Cole in the clubhouse at six-under.
Austin Smotherman, however, set the new bar with an 8-under 63 in his opening round a short time later, leaving Pendrith tied for second.
Pendrith birdied five of his first eight holes, but cooled on the back nine, shooting just one-under.
The 31-year-old is looking to bounce back after missing the cut his last two outings, at the Valero Texas Open and the RBC Heritage.
A two-time winner on the PGA Canada Tour, Pendrith is looking for his first career PGA Tour title. He has one top-10 finish this season and four career top-10 finishes, highlighted by a second-place finish at the Rocket Mortgage Classic last July.