Kris Blanks wins Louisiana Open
BROUSSARD, La. (AP) — Kris Blanks won the Louisiana Open on Sunday for his second career Web.com Tour title, closing a 9-under 62 and beating Brett Stegmaier with a 10-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff.
“I kind of knew what the putt was doing and it was just a matter of getting it on line,” Blanks said. “I just thought the heck with it, ‘Let’s try to end this and let everybody go home.’”
Seven strokes behind leader Kyle Reifers at the start of the round, Blanks matched Stegmaier at 14-under 270 at La Triomphe and earned $99,000.
“I thought if my number could stay solid until the guys made it to back nine that I’d have a chance,” Blanks said. “There aren’t a lot of birdie holes on the back side. I was going to wait around until somebody got to 15 or 16 under and head on down the road.”
The 41-year-old Blanks was making his first Web.com start of the year after playing five PGA Tour events. He had shoulder surgery a year ago.
“It’s been a rough road and I’ll take it,” Blanks said. “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.”
Stegmaier finished with a 68. He missed a 60-foot birdie try on the third extra hole.
Reifers and Jonathan Randolph tied for third at 13 under. Randolph shot 67, and Reifers had a 70.