MacKenzie +4 At Canadian Open

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.

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  • by TO WITN Location: Greenville on Jul 25, 2011 at 01:15 PM
    Again, we have an outdated story. If you are going to start a story, why not finish it? Instead, we get to see one days coverage of a four day event. Why not take the story down or update it? Also, the fact that you still have old stories filling the page makes you guys look like your not doing much. Why not reduce the number of stories on the page? I'd rather read four updated stories than 15 that are old.... and tired.
  • by UPDATE Location: Vegas on Jul 24, 2011 at 12:00 PM
    Umm, after third round, Willie Mack falls to 12. One shot out of last place. Yikes!
  • by DS1 on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:31 AM
    Who is this guy?
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      by Stan on Jul 22, 2011 at 06:42 PM in reply to DS1
      He is a local "living the dream" on the PGA tour.
  • by Awww Location: ENC on Jul 22, 2011 at 05:42 AM
    Poor Jerry! Probably tried golf once, was horrible, and never played again. The story is significant because Wille Mac is from Greenville, and it is always cool to hear how local professional athletes are doing.
  • by jerry Location: enc on Jul 21, 2011 at 07:20 PM
    Who cares? Golf is not a sport.
    • reply
      by Nascar Fan on Jul 22, 2011 at 05:04 AM in reply to jerry
      I bet Jerry thinks NASCAR is though.

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