The Starter: Round 2, RBC Canadian OpenJuly 21, 2011
PGA TOUR staff
Groups we're watching Tee time Players 12:50 p.m. ET
Lucas Glover, Anthony Kim, Rickie Fowler
This week's Featured Group matched each other with first-round 69s. Fresh off good finishes at the British Open, look for Glover, Kim and Fowler to continue their stellar play in Round 2.
1:20 p.m. ET
Greg Chalmers, Bryce Molder, Kris Blanks
Kris Blanks' 3-under 67 held up to give him the lead heading into Round 2. Greg Chalmers, "The Best Putter You've Never Heard Of", looks to hole and few putts and move up from 50th place on the leaderboard.
1:40 p.m. ET
David Hearn, Justin Hicks, Bud Cauley
Bud Cauley finished tied for fourth in last week's Viking Classic, and is eyeing another top finish after a 1-under 69 in Round 1. Hearn, at even par, is also in good position.
2:00 p.m. ET
Matt McQuillan, Chris Baryla, Joe Panzeri
Homegrown talent Matt McQuillan looks to build on his 2-under 68 in Round 1, while fellow Canadian Joe Panzeri hopes to bounce back from a first-round 74.
The second round of the RBC Canadian Open is set to begin. The Golf Channel will televise live action on Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET.
WHAT TO WATCH IN ROUND 2 • Canadians in the field: There are 17 homegrown players in this week's $5.2-million event. There will be large crowds for Canadian golf heroes Mike Weir and Stephen Ames, but don't overlook young Canadians like PGA TOUR Rookie Matt McQuillan, or Matt Hill and Adam Hadwin.
Round 2 weather forecast Partly cloudy
Temp: 69 high/53 low
Overcast. Winds around 5 mph.
Here are some of the players you'll see during Friday's coverage on the Golf Channel: KRIS BLANKS Kris Blanks opened with a 3-under 67 on Thursday to grab the first-round lead of the RBC Canadian Open. The Maryland resident holds the 18-hole lead/co-lead for the third time in his career on TOUR. Blanks is making his 23rd start of the season this week. He's made 11 cuts and has three top-25s this season, with a best finish of tied for 10th at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Blanks is currently 116th in the FedExCup standings. ERNIE ELS Ernie Els, who is coming off back-to-back missed cuts at the U.S. Open and British Open, had a 2-under 68 on Thursday. The round was his best score since shooting 67 in the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii. This week is Els 14th start of the season. So far he has made nine cuts with three top-25 finishes. WOODY AUSTIN Woody Austin posted a 2-under 68 in the first round and trails Blanks by one stroke. The TOUR veteran has struggled in 2011, making just five cuts in 12 starts. His best finish, a tie for 18th, came at last weeks Viking Classic where he also opened with a 68. He birdied Nos. 14 and 15, and then holed out for eagle on the par-4 16th hole with a wedge from 121 yards to play the three-hole stretch in 4-under par.
• FedExCup bubble: There are 20 players in the field this week that find themselves in volatile FedExCup territory, between 110th and 140th in points. Steven Bowditch (No. 126) and Calgary native Stephen Ames (No. 128) are among the players that hope to move into the security of the top 125 this week.