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Blanks fires 67 at Canadian Open

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 03:04 PM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -

American Kris Blanks shot a 3-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the first-round at the Canadian Open on Thursday.

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.

EVIAN MASTERS: Former British Open champion Karen Stupples of England shot a 5-under 67 for a share of the first-round lead with Sweden's Maria Hjorth and South Korea's Ahn Shin-ae at the Evian Masters, which will become the fifth major on the LPGA Tour in 2013.

Defending champion Jiyai Shin of South Korea made a solid start with a 3-under 69, including three birdies in the first four holes, before bogeys on No. 6 and 8 slowed her down.

Ai Miyazato of Japan was among six players finishing with a 4-under 68.

CHAMPIONS: Mark Calcavecchia defied the afternoon rain to shoot a bogey-free 68 and take a three-way share of the first-round lead at the Senior British Open.

Ireland's Mark McNulty and Australia's Mike Harwood also shot 4 under in still, dry conditions on the parkland course at Walton Heath that hosted the 1981 Ryder Cup.

South Africa's David Frost and Scotland's Albert MacKenzie were a shot behind, with defending champion Bernhard Langer of Germany one of seven players at 2 under.

PGA EUROPEAN: Swedish amateur Robert Karlsson shot a 5-under 67 to share the lead with countryman Alexander Noren and Jaco Van Zyl of South Africa after the first round of the Nordea Masters in Stockholm.

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