Vancouver, B.C., Canada -- Greenville's Will MacKenzie shot an opening round 74 at the RBC Canadian open on Thursday. He is seven shots behind leader Kris Blanks who shot a three under-par 67.
MacKenzie opened play on the back nine of the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club bogeying two of his first four holes. He rebounded with a great shot on the 158 yard par three 17th hole by sticking his tee shot less than two feet from the hole. He would birdie the 17th to climb back to plus one but bogeys on holes 18, 5 and 9 pushed his round to four over-par.
MacKenzie has played in nine previous PGA Tour events this season making six cuts but failing to record a top 25 finish. He heads into the second round of the RBC Canadian Open tied for 96th place and in danger of missing the cut.
Matt McQuillan was the best of 17 Canadians with a 2-under 68, putting the 30-year-old PGA Tour rookie in a tie with 11 players, including Ernie Els.
Rickie Fowler, Anthony Kim and Lucas Glover, playing together in softer morning conditions, all shot 69 to finish among another group of nine players on a day when only 21 players were under par on the tight tree-lined, 7,010-yard Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.
Leader Chris Blanks played in the morning, after overnight rain softened the course, making it easier to attack the small greens. But first players had to find the fairway to avoid thick rough many said was tougher than the U.S. Open.