September 3 2010
As he slogged through an afternoon complicated by remnants of Hurricane Earl, Kris Blanks couldn’t help but wonder what the over and under would be on how many times he'd open up his umbrella.
"It was actually really good that we were the first group out and that we were all fast players," Blanks said. "So there was occasional times when it was coming down pretty good, we could actually wait it out for a minute, let it clear, because we didn't have anybody riding us, and we were never going to catch the group in front of us being that it's a smaller field."
Blanks, who managed to persevere and shoot 66 in the first round, is due to tee off in Saturday's opening threesome with Aaron Baddeley and Tom Gillis at 7 a.m. Given that the worst of the hurricane is expected overnight, Blanks is a little worried about what he might find when he returns to TPC Boston in the morning.
"We don't have a thunderstorm coming through, we have a hurricane that's going to hit our area," Blanks said. "There's going to be debris everywhere. I'd be shocked if they can get the golf course prepared after a night of torrential downpour and 60 mile an hour winds at 7 in the morning.
"I'm hoping they kind of look ahead and say, we only have 100 guys, we can push it back to 10, give the maintenance crew some extra time in the morning. But I'll be here at 5:30 ready to go. If they tell us there's a delay we'll just hang out in the locker room."
Blanks started the Deutsche Bank Championship ranked 91st in the FedExCup so his strong start was well-timed. When he finished late Friday afternoon the second-year pro was projected at No. 71 -- one spot away from qualifying for the BMW Championship -- with plenty of golf to be played.
"It was definitely what I needed to do, definitely outside looking in for next week, and used the long week this week to stay and practice a little longer," Blanks said. "I did the two pro-ams first part of the week. Actually had planned on going home and just kind of thought about it and said, well if I play poorly this week I'll have three weeks off, so why not hang around -- and not that I don't put forth my best effort every week, but hang around, work on some things, try to take advantage of the nice practice facilities here, and so far it's paid off."