Golf

O'Hair wins Canadian Open in playoff, Hadwin 4th

Sean O'Hair beat Kris Blanks with a bogey on the first playoff hole to win the Canadian Open in Vancouver on Sunday, but not before Canadian hopeful Adam Hadwin gave him a run for his money.

The long wait made the win even sweeter for Sean O'Hair.

O'Hair scrambled from three shots off the pace to force a playoff, then watched Kris Blanks miss a short putt to win the RBC Canadian Open Sunday at the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.

It was O'Hair's fourth PGA Tour victory but the first since 2009.

He shot a 2-under 68 to finish at 4 under in the $5.2-million US tournament.

Canada's Adam Hadwin began the day one back of the leader, slipped down the leaderboard, but then battled back to finish in a tie for fourth place.

O'Hair, who admitted there were times he wondered if he would win another tournament, was very emotional after the victory.

"I just think you appreciate the blessings you have," said the 29-year-old from West Chester, Pa., who collected $936,000.

"Sometimes when you are playing well, you take that good play for granted. It's not easy out here. There are a lot of good players. To win out here and play well is difficult. I'm not the type of player that is going to win 10 times in a year. I just think I've learned to appreciate being where I am right now."

Hadwin finished the day with a 72 and was 2 under for the tournament.

"It's was a very exciting time," said the 23-year-old from Abbotsford, B.C. "Being in the final group and playing for a country was pretty exciting.

"I wish I had been able to start off a little better. I brought it back. It was exciting on the back and I had a chance on the last couple of holes."

Blanks, who lead after the first round, started at 3 under Sunday. He made a 10-foot putt on the 18th to force the playoff. But on the first extra hole he missed a five-foot putt to give O'Hair the win.

"I'm still a little pissed right now," said Blanks, who won $561,000.

"I made some good putts to stay tied for the lead and get in the playoffs. This definitely makes the whole rest of the year a lot easier."

Blanks came into the tournament having missed 11 of 22 cuts. His earnings this year were $448,617.

The money O'Hair won almost tripled the $327,731 he had made this year. Coming into the tournament he had struggled, making just seven of 17 cuts.

Hadwin, who wore a bright red shirt over sparkling white pants, began the day one shot back of the leader but his game began to wobble. He stumbled with a bogey on the first hole, then suffered a disastrous double-bogey on the par-3 No. 8 to fall five strokes off.

Hadwin regrouped on the back nine, carding three straight birdies on Nos. 12, 13 and 14. He pumped his fist after the last one, bringing a roar from the large gallery following him on a warm, sun-soaked afternoon.

"I think the day might have been a lot different had I rolled that first putt in," Hadwin said. "I think I would've just continued doing what I was doing, but I recovered."

Only five Canadians have won the Canadian Open, the third oldest championship in golf. The last was Pat Fletcher in 1954 when the tournament was held at Point Grey in Vancouver.

Andres Romero of Argentina finished one shot back of Blanks and O'Hair for third place.

Ernie Els of South Africa posted the best round of the day, a 4-under score that saw him finish tied for 17th.

Matt McQuillan of Kingston, Ont., finished even for the day to end up at 285, tied for 31st overall.

David Hearn of Brampton, Ont., struggled, finishing 4 over par in the fourth round to end up tied for 34th at a 6-over 286.

After a two-year hiatus, the winner is American. U.S. golfers have won the tournament 14 of the last 17 years.