Disgusted by his start and driven by the few goals he has left this year, Lee Janzen birdied eight of the last 12 holes Thursday for a 6-under 66 that put him in a tie with Trevor Dodds after the first round of the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ont.
Janzen, who failed to give Ben Crenshaw a good reason to pick him for the Ryder Cup team, is trying to play his way into the Tour Championship with hopes of salvaging a frustrating year.
"It's toward the end of the year, and I really need to play well," he said. "It was good to get off to a good start."
Dodds, a 40-year-old from Namibia who once played the Canadian Tour, felt at home, especially with an eagle on the par-5 18th by hitting a 4-iron from 212 yards into about 12 feet.
"I like it here," he said. "It's my home away from home away from home. I think you develop some kind of expectation of playing well, and good things happen."
The group at 67 included Steve Stricker and two-time Canadian Open champion Steve Jones. Ryder Cup players Jesper Parnevik and Jim Furyk were among those at 68.
Mike Weir, who last week became the first Canadian in 45 years to win a PGA Tour event on home soil, took double bogey on the 11th and wound up with a 73. He has never made the cut in seven starts in his national open.