In a word, Kris Blanks was “pissed,” as he said following his playoff loss to Sean O’Hair Sunday the RBC Canadian Open.
Specifically, Blanks was upset with the bunker shot he hit on the first hole of sudden death. His ball came out of the greenside bunker hot and rolled through the green and onto the fringe. His chip shot then skidded a good 5 feet past the hole and he missed the bogey putt. Game over.
“It's funny, the one in regulation, it was heavier than I wanted it to be,” Blanks said of the same shot he faced in regulation. Only he converted that one, getting up-and-down for par. “Thought I hit it pretty good. It just was a bit too far. Got down there and obviously it rolled down against the grass. There was a little tuft of grass behind the ball. I chipped and I didn't get it up-and-down.”
With Blanks’ ball having too much grass behind it on the fringe, he had no choice but to hit a wedge shot from the fringe -- “I couldn't get a putter on it,” he said.
He’d also three-putted three times from just off the fringe earlier in the round. That’s not exactly a confidence boost when the tournament is on the line.
“The more I think about it, the more I'll probably get upset at the shots I gave away today,” Blanks said.
If there was an upside for Blanks, it’s that he all but sewed up his card for next year.
”It was definitely the week I needed,” Blanks said. “Definitely makes the whole rest of the year a lot easier.”