Sean O’Hair wins 2011 RBC Canadian Open


- News and notes from Shaugnessy Golf & Country Club -

Vancouver (Golf Canada) – Sean O’Hair defeated Kris Blanks in a one-hole playoff to capture the 2011 RBC Canadian Open title at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club in Vancouver.

O’Hair, who picked up his fourth career PGA TOUR win, carded a final round 2-under par 68 that included four birdies and only two bogeys. The 29-year-old, who collected $936,000 (U.S.) in winnings, posted a four-day tally of 4-under par 276 and made the fourth-largest FedExCup jump of the 2011 season, moving from 147th to 43rd in the standings.

“To be sitting here right now is unbelieveable,” said O’Hair, who participated in his sixth Canadian Open, previously placing as high as T3 at the 2008 event and third in 2006. “I think this week the golf swing, the game has been there, but mentally I was a lot better…I still need to work on it, but I did a better job to stay out of my own way and playing good golf and letting the chips fall where they may.”

Blanks, who last competed in the RBC Canadian Open in 2009, posted four birdies on the day en route to a final round 1-under par 69. Argentinian Andres Romero was also in the mix, carding a final round even-par 70, narrowly missing out on the playoff after bogeying No. 18.

Canadian Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., earned low Canadian honours for the second consecutive year, finishing T4 at 2-under par 278 alongside Australian Geoff Ogilvy.

The 23-year-old Canadian Tour player, who entered the final round in sole possession of second place, struggled on the front-nine Sunday, with bogeys on No. 1 and No. 6 and a double-bogey on No. 8. Hadwin rebounded on the back-nine, however, with consecutive birdies on No. 12, No. 13 and No. 14, to remain in contention.

By finishing in the top 10, Hadwin earned a spot in next week’s  PGA TOUR stop – The Greenbrier Classic – at The Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

“I can’t put words to it,” said Hadwin, who was competing in only his third career PGA TOUR event. “I felt like I was playing for my country out there. Got off to a rough start, and brought it back on the back side and gave [the fans] something to cheer about coming in.” 

Patrick Cantlay of Los Alamitos, Calif., a sophomore at UCLA, earned top amateur honors, finishing T9 with a four-day tally of even-par 280. Cantlay, who also earned low amateur honors at this year’s U.S. Open, is the highest finishing amateur at a Canadian Open since Canadian Nick Weslock in 1972 who placed T34 at the Cherry Hill Club in Ridgeway, Ont.  

The 2012 RBC Canadian Open will be contested at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ancaster, Ont.

The following are final scores for the 17 Canadians in the 2011 RBC Canadian Open field.  (7,010 yards, Par 70)

T4 – Hadwin, Adam, Abbotsford, B.C. 72-66-68-72 – 278 (-2)
T31 – McQuillan, Matt, Kingston, Ont. 68-73-74-70 – 285 (+5)
T34 – Hearn, David, Brantford, Ont. 70-68-74-74 – 286 (+6)
T71 – Fritsch, Brad, Manotick, Ont. 71-70-80-74 – 295 (+15)
73 – Risdon, Dustin, Calgary, Alta. 75-69-76-77 – 297 (+17)
--- CUT ---
CUT – Taylor, Nick, Abbotsford, B.C. 71-74 – 145 (+5)
CUT – Wallace, Darren, Langley, B.C. 73 – 73 – 146 (+6)
CUT – Baryla, Chris, Vernon, B.C. 74-72 – 146 (+6)
CUT – Choi, Albin (a), Toronto, Ont. 74-72 – 146 (+6)
CUT – Ames, Stephen, Calgary, Alta. 72-75 – 147 (+7)
CUT – Sloan, Roger, Merritt, B.C. 73-76 – 149 (+9)
CUT – Wong, Eugene (a), North Vancouver, B.C. 74-76 – 150 (+10)
CUT – Hill, Matt, Bright’s Grove, Ont. 72-78 – 150 (+10)
CUT – Bunker, Dave (a), Woodbridge, Ont. 79-75 – 154 (+14)
CUT – Evanecz, Mitchell (a), Red Deer, Alta. 79-77 – 156 (+16)
CUT – Hutton, Brian, Burlington, Ont. 79-77 – 156 (+16)
WD – Weir, Mike, Bright’s Grove, Ont. 74-WD
(a) – denotes amateur

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