Joey Sindelar leads Canadian Open

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Joey Sindelar recorded a five-under-par 66, giving him a two-shot lead over Pat Perez at the Canadian Open.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
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Vijay Singh was among the late starter at the rain-delayed Canadian Open on Thursday. And the 41-year-old Fijian had to wait until nearly 6 pm before he could play his first tournament as the world number one. Two holes into his round, Singh went from the trees into the water, then over the green and wound up with a triple bogey. He was on three-over-par after only five holes. Mixed day Masters champion Phil Mickelson then ted off and finished his round with a birdie, but made a mess of it in between in his debut with a new golf ball, driver and fairway metals after signing with Callaway this week. He took a double bogey at the eighth, made five other bogeys and shot 75, matching his highest score of the year. Former world number one David Duval took another step toward returning from a slump from which some thought he would never recover - not because he shot an even-par 71, but because he was upset about it. Duval showed flashes of his former brilliance, as he played a great approach shot on the 10th hole, and moments later converted his birdie attempt to movw to two-under. Comeback trail Joey Sindelar, who won the Wachovia Championship in May for his first victory in 14 years, confirmed his return to form this week. He birdied the sixth to move to five-under-par before just clearing the water with his approach at the 18th (his ninth). It rolled to a stop well within birdie range and the 46-year-old Sindelar then made three birdies in a row around the turn before holing a 50-footer from the fringe for birdie at the fifth. He finished with a five-under-par 66, giving him a two-shot lead over Pat Perez.(AP)

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