Monday Finish: Chitimacha Louisiana Open
March 31, 2014
By Anne Detlefsen, PGATOUR.COM
- This was Kris Blanks' second win on the Web.com Tour. His first came at the 2008 Bank of America Open. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
Kris Blanks outlasted Brett Stegmaier in a playoff to win the Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by Nacher.
Blanks and Stegmaier were tied at 14 under at the conclusion of the final round. On the third playoff hole, Blanks rolled in a 10-foot putt for birdie to take home the title.
“I kind of knew what the putt was doing and it was just a matter of getting it on line,” said Blanks. “I just thought the heck with it, let’s try to end this and let everybody go home.”
Blanks had been sidelined by shoulder issues for a year and a half. He had surgery in March of 2013 and returned to play at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October. In five starts this season on the PGA TOUR, he has yet to make a cut. Chitimacha was his first start on the Web.com Tour this year.
He started the week trying to get into the Valero Texas Open on the PGA TOUR, rising as high as first alternate, but ultimately decided to drive to Louisiana for the Web.com Tour event. He tweeted, "Decided to make sure I play in a tournament this week." Bet that's a decision he doesn't regret.
Cool thing about today is that I my youngest son gets what he always asks for when I leave a trophy!!!— Kris Blanks (@krisblanks) March 31, 2014
It’s been a rough road and I’ll take it,” said Blanks. “Sometimes you never know if you’re going to get back. It’s tough. You sit at home and try to be a dad for a year and a half. It was nice to finish this off in style.
YO QUIERO TACO BELL: How did Blanks celebrate his victory?
Dinner of champions!!! Thats how we roll!!! pic.twitter.com/aIL96KD3pE— Kris Blanks (@krisblanks) March 31, 2014
COMEBACK: Blanks came from seven shots off the pace to win thanks to a final-round 62, which matched the low finish by a tournament winner at Chitimacha. It was the largest come-from behind on Tour since Peter Tomasulo rallied from eight shots down with a round of 61 on the final day to win the 2010 Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic.
His comeback matches the third-largest in the tournament’s 23-year history. Stan Utley (1994) and Jimmy Walker (2004) each came from eight shots behind to win.
Kris Blanks defeats Brett Stegmaier in playoff for win at Chitimacha
POSITIVE OUTLOOK: Blayne Barber took to Twitter to show he still has a sense of humor after being disqualified from the Brasil Champions for forgetting to sign his scorecard. (... and his DQ at q-school in 2012 for incorrectly applying penalty strokes, and his DQ at last year's Mylan Classic for signing an incorrect scorecard.)
Good start.. my score counts. 👍— Blayne Barber™ (@BlayneBarberAU) March 27, 2014
BEST HAIR: Harold Varner III debuted a fresh hair cut at Chitimacha -- Mr. T style. The Web.com Tour rookie finished T17 -- his best result so far this season. So will the hair stay?
Mr. T worked well this week. I can't wait to get this thing off my head. Can you help me with that @knohles— Harold Varner III (@HV3_Golf) March 30, 2014
MONEY LIST: Blanks' victory earned him $99,000 and vaulted him to No. 6 on the money list.