Kris Blanks posted two birdies and an eagle on his final eight
holes early Thursday to take the round lead at the RBC Canadian
Open. Blanks’ 3-under 67 held up as the day’s low round
on a very tough Shaughnessy layout, but not without a few scares.
Both Matt Kuchar (1 over) and Ben Martin (2 under) were tied with
Blanks at one point but could not maintain their positions atop the
leaderboard. Sean O’Hair briefly took the lead from Blanks,
reaching 4 under after 14 holes, but he closed with three
consecutive bogeys and posted a 1-under 69. Martin is part of a
group of 11 players tied for second, one shot off Blanks’
pace. Among the others at 2 under are Kodak Challenge leader Bill
Lunde, Canadian Matt McQuillan, Paul Goydos and Bo Van Plet. Ernie
Els, who traveled to Canada as one of two players from last
year’s TOUR Champisonhip by Coca Cola field currently outside
the top 125 in the FedExCup standings, is also at 2 under.
Defending RBC Canadian Open champion Carl Pettersson opened with a
4-over 74 and is tied for 90th.