July 7 2011
Thanks to five straight birdies to close out his round, Kris Blanks grabbed the lead late in the opening round. He finished with an 8-under 63 and leads by one over three others, including Steve Marino.
The 63 is easily his best round of the year for Blanks, who came into the John Deere Classic having missed three of his last five cuts.
Marino had a chance to join Blanks and it looked like he would after opening the back nine with four straight birdies. Marino made just one birdie the rest of the way, however, to shoot 64.