The 24-year-old has been in the publics eye since finishing runner-up to Matt Kuchar in the 1997 U.S. Amateur Championship.
Following four All-America years at Stanford University, Kribel turned pro in 1999. For two years, the Californian lingered without status on either the Buy.Com or PGA Tours. He finally made it onto the developmental tour this season by finishing tied for 56th in the 2000 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.
Thus far in 2001, Kribel has missed five cuts and recorded but one top-10 finish. However, this may be the week his professional breakthrough begins.
Kribel fired a 7-under-par 65 to earn a share of the lead through the first round of the Samsung Canadian PGA Championship, co-sanctioned by the Buy.Com Tour. He racked-up nine birdies to just two bogeys at the DiamondBack Golf Club en route to tying his career-low round on the tour.
Kribel and Jeff Sanday are at the top of the leaderboard in Toronto, Ontario. Sanday, starting at the 10th, carded a 6-under-par 30 over his final nine holes en route to establishing a new career best.
The two are one-shot clear of seven others. Patrick Burke, Jay Hobby, Kevin Burton, Richard Johnson, Shane Bertsch, Rob McKelvey and Stiles Mitchell all opened in 6-under-par 66.
The event, first staged in 1912, is the second oldest professional championship in Canada.
Past champions include Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Raymond Floyd.
Full-field scores from the Canadian PGA Championship