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O’Hair wins Canadian Open

A torrid week ended in triumph for Sean O’Hair as he edged out fellow American Kris Blanks in a sudden death playoff to win the Canadian Open at Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club on Sunday.

In the middle of his worst season on the PGA Tour, the big Texan narrowly missed the cut at the British Open before playing abysmally in Wednesday’s Pro-Am the night before the Canadian Open.

“Wednesday was my worst point of the whole year,” O’Hair said. “I was lost on Wednesday.”

A season that saw him miss 10 of 17 cuts and yet to break the top-15 was all forgotten as Blanks lipped out his bogey putt from just over 5 feet on the 18th.

"I'm still a little (ticked)," Blanks said. "The more I think about it, the more I'll probably get upset at the shots I gave away."

The 38-year-old from Warner Robins, Georgia, the first round leader, shot 69 to force the playoff with O’Hair, who himself hit a two-under-par 68 to climb back in contention after being three shots behind overnight.

Argentine Andres Romero hit five birdies on the back nine and appeared to be set to make the playoff a three-way dance with the Americans, until a bogey on the final hole left him one shot out on an even-par 70.

The missed putt by Blanks after both had ended up in the thick rough on the decisive 472-yard, par-4 hole gave O’Hair his fourth PGA Tour victory and first since 2009.

It also meant that with a winning of share of $936,000, O’Hair effectively tripled his season earnings so far.

"It is ironic that I'm sitting here after Wednesday and how I felt, and to be holding this trophy is unbelievable," said O'Hair.

"I’ve been holding on so tight and trying to do it forcefully. Finally I just said 'You know what, it's time for me to just let go and whatever happens, happens.'"

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