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Canadian Rod Spittle is off to a solid start at the Shaw Charity Classic.

Spittle shot 4-under 66 in the opening round of the 54-hole Champions Tour event on Friday, putting him among the early leaders.

After bogeying the 17th, Spittle rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole and received a rousing ovation from the fans.

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The 63-year-old from Niagara Falls, Ont., is competing in his final professional tournament. Prior to the season, he decided to retire after playing in 11 tournaments.

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