Record Lows in Canada
Bruce Lietzke tied his career-low round with a 9-under 62 to take over third place at 10-under 132, but a more remarkable feat was accomplished by a player who finished two shots off the pace at minus 9.
Walter Morgan fired a sizzling round of 11-under 60 to tie the all-time 18-hole scoring record on the Senior Tour.
In addition to matching the record score established by Isao Aoki at the 1997 Emerald Coast Classic, the 61-year-old Morgan became the youngest player to shoot below his age on the elder circuit.
'I was just playing one hole at a time,' said Morgan, who also set new tournament and course records. 'On Tuesday in the practice round, a kid told me I would shoot 61. I wasn't really thinking about shooting a 59. I was just trying to shoot my age.'
Morgan opened with six birdies over his first eight holes and added a stretch of four straight birdies from the 10th to go to 10-under on his round. A bad chip at the 14th resulted in his only dropped shot.
Morgan recovered with a birdie at the 15th, then hit a wedge inside 12 feet for birdie at the very next hole to complete the record-setting round.
Jenkins played a modest round, given the conditions for scoring, to maintain a share of the lead he held alone after the first day. He got off to a solid start with a pitch-in birdie at the first and added another at the second.
'The guys shooting 60 and 62 used up all the birdies ahead of us,' joked Jenkins, who admits to being a bit under the weather this week. 'I still have something left in the tank.'
He ran into trouble with a bogey at fourth but responded with two birdies on the back side to stay atop the leaderboard. At the par-4 18th, Jenkins suffered a three-putt bogey and fell into a share of first with Hatalsky.
Hatalsky used a brilliant back nine to finish at 11-under. The 50-year-old ran home a 25-footer for eagle at the 10th and reached the green in two at the par-5 13th to set up another.
At the par-4 16th, Hatalsky hit his approach inside eight feet of the cup for a birdie and a round of 7-under 64.
'Very solid day,' said Hatalsky. 'Anytime you shoot a low score like that, you're doing something right. The eagles really jump-started me.'
The course played to an scoring average of 69.395, the lowest on the Senior Tour this season.
Bruce Summerhays posted a round of 6-under 65 to finish two shots off the pace alongside Morgan. Butch Sheehan and Canadian Gar Hamilton were one shot further back at 8-under-par 134.
Mike McCullogh, Tom Kite and Allen Doyle were tied for eighth at 7-under-par 135.
Defending champion Walter Hall carded a 2-under 69 to finish six shots back at 5-under-par.
Full-field scores from the AT&T Canada Senior Open
Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.
The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.
Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.
Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.
Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.
Rahm (62) fires career low round
The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:
Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)
What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.
Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.
Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.
Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.
Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.
Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.
Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm
Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder
Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.
Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.
"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."
Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.
Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.
"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."
Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn
There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.
Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.
Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.
Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.
The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.