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July 21 2011

8:20 PM

Blanks grabs early lead

At 116th in the FedExCup standings, the next six weeks are vital for Kris Blanks.

Two weeks ago, he tied for 12th at the John Deere Classic. That certainly helped. So could Thursday’s 3-under 67 at the RBC Canadian Open, where Blanks had the lead after the morning wave.

Blanks did everything a player needs to do to be successful at Shaughnessy G&CC: He kept his tee shots in the fairway, and he hit a lot of greens. Specifically, Blanks hit 83 percent of his greens and 79 percent of his fairways.

The result? An eagle, three birdies and just two bogeys. The eagle for Blanks came on the par-5 seventh, where he holed out from a greenside bunker.

Blanks is also playing with at least a little bit of a home course advantage this week. His wife, Tami, who was a good player in her own right at Ohio State, grew up just south of Vancouver and Blanks has been to the area often.

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