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Added July 25th, 2011 by Chalk

Sean O’Hair Wins Canadian Open on First Playoff Hole

On Sunday, Sean O’Hair beat fellow American Kris Blanks in a one-hole playoff to win the RBC Canadian Open and claim his fourth career PGA Tour title and his first win in over two years. It was a welcome turnaround for O’Hair who has struggled most of the year, missing 10 of his last 17 cuts, including a narrow miss at the British Open the week before, and coming to Vancouver looking for his first top 15 finish of the year.

O’Hair shot a final round four-under 68 to get into the playoff, but his final day was not without its nerve-racking moments. “There is not one second I’m not feeling like I’m going to just puke,” O’Hair admitted. But he held it in and Blanks blinked first, missing a bogey putt of just over five feet on the first playoff hole to give O’Hair the victory.

With the win, O’Hair virtually guarantees himself a spot in the FedExCup playoffs as he’s now sitting 43rd in the standings and the top 125 advance to the first round. He also improved greatly in the world rankings, shooting up 54 spots to No. 60 in the world.

World No. 1 Luke Donald finished T17, six shots off the lead at 2-over, as did Ernie Els, which was the South African’s best finish since March. John Daly and Masters champion Charl Schwartzl were a little better, tying for ninth at even par for the tournament.

 
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