Blanks closes with 62, takes Louisiana Open in playoff

Kris Blanks hits a shot on the first playoff hole.


BROUSSARD, La. — Kris Blanks won the Louisiana Open on Sunday for his second career Tour title, closing with a 9-under-par 62 and beating Brett Stegmaier with a 10-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff.

"I kind of knew what the putt was doing and it was just a matter of getting it on line," Blanks said. "I just thought the heck with it, `Let’s try to end this and let everybody go home.’"

Seven strokes behind leader Kyle Reifers at the start of the round, Blanks matched Stegmaier at 14-under 270 at La Triomphe and earned $99,000.

"I thought if my number could stay solid until the guys made it to back nine that I’d have a chance," Blanks said. "There aren’t a lot of birdie holes on the back side. I was going to wait around until somebody got to 15 or 16 under and head on down the road."

The 41-year-old Blanks was making his first start of the year after playing five PGA Tour events. He had shoulder surgery a year ago.

"It’s been a rough road and I’ll take it," Blanks said. "Sometimes you never know if you’re going to get back. It’s tough. You sit at home and try to be a dad for a year and a half. It was nice to finish this off in style."

Stegmaier finished with a 68. He missed a 60-foot birdie try on the third extra hole.

Reifers and Jonathan Randolph tied for third at 13 under. Randolph shot 67, and Reifers had a 70.