O'Hair wins Canadian Open in playoff

BY foxsports • July 24, 2011

Sean O'Hair won the RBC Canadian Open after tapping in for bogey on the first playoff hole on Sunday, and then watching fellow American Kris Blanks lip out his bogey putt from just over 5 feet.

It was the fourth PGA Tour win for O'Hair, but his first time in the top 15 during a season that had seen him miss 10 of 17 cuts coming into this event, and already fire a couple of Canadians: swing coach Sean Foley, who also works with Tiger Woods, and caddy Brennan Little.

The 29-year-old O'Hair started the day three shots behind leader Bo Van Pelt before shooting 68 to get into the playoff with Blanks (70) at 4-under 276.

''There is not one second I'm not feeling like I'm going to just puke,'' said O'Hair, whose $936,000 winning share was almost triple his season earnings coming into the week, and vaulted him up 104 places in the FedEx Cup playoff standings to 43rd with five weeks left in the race.

''I'm sorry he missed the putt, but the fact I won knowing he missed it was just overwhelming.''

It was the second-highest winning total on the PGA Tour this season, and the first non-major without a bogey-free round since 2008. Only eight players finished under par on the tree-lined Shaugnessy Golf and Country Club, so it was perhaps fitting that the $5.2-million tournament was won with a bogey.

Playing the 472-yard, par-4 18th again, O'Hair and Blanks both drove it into the thick rough that many compared unfavorably to the U.S. Open and made the week so tough.

O'Hair's second shot came up short, but in the fairway, while Blanks ended up in a greenside bunker. He'd gotten up and down from the same spot on his final hole with a 10-foot putt to join the playoff, but couldn t keep it on the green the second time.

After O'Hair two-putted from 21 feet, Blanks chipped it past the hole and, putting on the same line as his last hole, lipped out his putt.

''I'm still a little (ticked),'' Blanks said despite doubling his winnings this season with $561,600, and jumping from 116 to 54th in the FedEx Cup standings. ''The more I think about it, the more I'll probably get upset at the shots I gave away.''

Argentina's Andres Romero, 4 over through nine holes, made five birdies in his next seven, including a 15-foot putt for his third in a row on No. 16 to tie for the lead. But he missed a 22-foot par putt on No. 18 that would have put him in the playoffs after leaving his bunker shot well short, finishing with an even-par 70 in the final round and alone in third place at 277.

Canadian Adam Hadwin, a local playing on a sponsor's exemption, struggled early before bouncing back late to finish with a 72 and tied with Australian Geoff Ogilvy (70) for fourth at 2 under. Hadwin, in his second year on the third-tier Canadian Tour, was 5 over for the day after a four-putt double bogey on the par-3 8th and another bogey on the tough par-4 11th, but birdied his next three holes to earn another PGA Tour start next week at the Greenbrier Classic.

John Daly shot 72 to finish in a four-way tie for ninth at 280 — his first top-10 in six years — with current Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, amateur sensation Patrick Cantley, and Spencer Levin, who all closed with 69s.

Daly was taking a lot of positives from his performance.

''A ton,'' Daly said. ''In the past I would have shot an 80 or 82 today.''

Ernie Els had the best round of day, a 66 that vaulted him into a tie for 17th in a group that also included world No. 1 Luke Donald (67). Els' best finish since March moved him to 131 in the FedEx Cup standings, while Donald moved up one spot to fifth.

Third-round leader Bo Van Pelt was still atop the leaderboard at 5-under at the turn, but played the next five holes at 4 over, including a double-bogey at the par-4 13th, to finish in a tie for sixth at 279 along with Scott Piercy (69) and Woody Austin (68).