American Kris Blanks has taken the lead on the RBC Canadian Open leaderboard after day one in spite of the fact he has never won a PGA tournament in his career. The 32-year-old who is three under-par 67 but is chased by some 20 golfers with 11 of them lagging him by just a shot. The players who are close behind him include Ernie Els, Aron Price, Ben Martin, Bill Lunde, Kevin Kisner, Brett Quigley, Woody Austin, Bo Van Pelt, Jimmy Walker, Paul Goydos, and Matt McQuillan.
Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club is known for its hard long rough and Blanks revealed it is really hard to play here if a player gets off the fairway. The rain at the morning helped soften the green, which made scoring conditions perfect in the opening day of RBC Canadian Open leaderboard, he told The Province.
Another American, Rickie Fowler, also complained about the tough rough, saying that players should make sure they stay out of the rough if they are to grab a silverware at this course.
Matt McQuillan, who is considered the best Canadian golfer at the moment, demonstrated his confidence backed by his third-place finish in the John Deere Classic. He told reporters he managed to stick to his game plan while fellow Canadian Mike Weir managed to finish at 74.
The RBC Canadian Open 2011 tournament runs through Sunday and is being broadcast on CBS so you can check out the Canadian Open leaderboard live.