PGA Tour
O'Hair wins playoff for Canadian Open title



Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Sean O'Hair turned a bad 2011 season into a very good one.

O'Hair bogeyed the first playoff hole Sunday, but it was enough to defeat Kris Blanks and win the Canadian Open.

It was his fourth PGA Tour title, but first since the 2009 Quail Hollow Championship.

Prior to the win, O'Hair's season had been disastrous.

He missed the cut in 10 of 17 starts, including five in a row in the spring. O'Hair missed the weekend in his last two starts before the Canadian Open, fell to 114th in the world rankings and 147th in FedEx Cup points.

But it all changed thanks to four days at the grueling Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club track.

"I think this means a little bit something different for me than the other three did," O'Hair said in a televised interview. "This is my seventh year on tour. I've played well pretty much the first six. I had no real struggles.

"I think this just makes it that much sweeter. You just really appreciate playing good golf now. Honestly, I'm a little bit in disbelief."

O'Hair shot a two-under 68 to finish four rounds at four-under 276. Blanks had a 69 on Sunday to match O'Hair and force a playoff at the 18th hole.

Both players landed in the left rough off the tee. O'Hair played back to the fairway with his second, while Blanks tried to reach the green, but instead landed in the right greenside bunker.

O'Hair chunked his chip 25 feet short of the flag stick, but Blanks hammered his bunker shot through the green to the fringe. O'Hair narrowly missed his par putt, but tapped in for his bogey.

Blanks needed to chip in to win, but he hit his shot way too hard and the ball ran five feet past the cup.

On the last hole of regulation, Blanks made a longer putt to save par than the one he had in the extra session. With the added pressure of trying to win his first PGA Tour title, Blanks missed right and the title was O'Hair's.

Andres Romero bogeyed the final hole to shoot an even-par 70 and miss the playoff by a stroke at three-under 277.

Canadian Adam Hadwin delighted the home crowd on Sunday. Even though he shot a two-over 72, Hadwin tied for fourth place with former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy, who had a 70 on Sunday, at minus-two.

"It was kind of exciting. Big crowds all day, lots of cheers," said Hadwin. "I can't put words to it. I felt like I was playing for my country out there."

Third-round leader Bo Van Pelt fell apart on the back nine. He carded a four- over 74 and shared sixth place with Woody Austin (68) and Scott Piercy (69) at one-under 279.

Masters champion Charl Schwartzel (69), amateur star Patrick Cantlay (69), John Daly (72) and Spencer Levin (69) tied for ninth place at even-par 280.

For Daly, it was his first top-10 in a PGA Tour event in almost six years.

"I just didn't execute. Didn't hit enough greens today to give myself a chance," said Daly, who got into the field next week at The Greenbrier Classic as a result of his finish.

The stories of Hadwin, Daly and Cantlay were great, but Sunday belonged to O'Hair.

He got into the mix with back-to-back birdies at seven and eight, but made bogey at the 11th. O'Hair rolled in a three-foot birdie putt at the 13th and Blanks missed a six-footer for par. O'Hair was tied for the lead with Van Pelt, but he imploded on that hole in the group behind.

O'Hair was one stroke in front of Blanks, but his approach at the 14th came up 40 feet short of the cup. His birdie effort came almost eight feet shy of the hole and he missed his par save.

Both players reached the par-five 15th in two and both two-putted for birdie.

Tied at four-under par, O'Hair and Blanks both made six-foot par putts at the par-three 17th to stay tied atop the leaderboard. Romero birdied three in a row from the 14th to join them in first.

O'Hair made a fairly routine par at the last, but Blanks landed in the same bunker that doomed him 30 minutes later. On the 72nd hole, Blanks blasted out to 10 feet and holed the putt.

At the same hole in playoff, he couldn't make par -- or bogey, for that matter.

"Very pleased with the putts I holed on 17 and 18 to get in the playoff," Blanks said. "Obviously right now I'm pissed and the more I think about it, the more I'll probably get upset at the shots I gave away today.

"But all in all, it was definitely the week I needed. I can kind of relax and not play so much because I've got my card locked up for next year."

Now O'Hair does, too.

"I had my doubts," admitted O'Hair. "I've had so much support from so many different people. It means a lot for all of the hard work to finally come out and pay off."

NOTES: O'Hair pocketed $936,000 for the victory...It was Blanks' best finish on the PGA Tour...Cantlay has finished inside the top 25 in all four of his PGA Tour starts this year...World No. 1 Luke Donald had a three-under 67 and tied for 17th at two-over par...Next week is The Greenbrier Classic where Stuart Appleby fired a 59 in the final round to win last year.

07/24 19:10:06 ET