BOISE, Idaho — Jason Allred's eagle on the second hole kick-started his opening round at the Albertsons Boise Open Presented by Kraft, where he carded a 3-under-par 68 at Hillcrest Country Club on Thursday.
The Ashland native bogeyed the next hole, as well as hole Nos. 8 and 18, but chalked up a birdie on No. 6 and later strung together birdies on Nos. 15, 16 and 17.
Despite the solid round, Allred sits on the cutline bubble after Hunter Haas and Steven Alker set the pace with 9-under 62s.
At Oakville, Ontario, Brendan Steele topped the Canadian Open leaderboard at 7-under 65, birdieing five of the first seven holes on his back nine at Glen Abbey.
The 30-year-old Steele had eight birdies and a bogey, dropping a shot on his final hole — the par-4 ninth. He won the 2011 Texas Open for his long PGA Tour title.
Matt Kuchar, a two-time winner this year, was a stroke back along with Scott Gardiner and Scott Brown. Kuchar eagled the par-5 18th hole, his ninth hole of the day.
Hunter Mahan and David Lingmerth shot 67, and Chez Reavie, the 2008 winner at Glen Abbey, was another stroke back in a group that included Bubba Watson and Trevor Immelman.
Senior British Open
At Southport, England, American Gene Sauers shot a 3-under 67 in windy conditions at Royal Birkdale to take the first-round lead in the Senior British Open.
Germany's Bernhard Langer, the 2010 winner, was a stroke back along with South Africa's David Frost, Australia's Peter Senior and the Philippines' Frankie Minoza.
Defending champion Fred Couples opened with a 74.
At Moscow, England's Simon Dyson, Sweden's Rikard Karlberg and China's Liang Wen-chong shot 5-under 67 to share the first-round lead in the European Tour's Russian Open.