Eventually, though, they will see more of the positives in their play.
“Oh sure, it definitely changes things,” Blanks said after matching his career-best finish. “Definitely makes the whole rest of the year a lot easier.”
The same goes for John Daly, who shot 72 to finish in a four-way tie for ninth at 280 _ his first top-10 in six years _ with Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, amateur sensation Patrick Cantley, and Spencer Levin, who all closed with 69s. Despite his over-par finish, Daly also felt good about his game.
“A ton,” Daly said of the positives. “In the past I would have shot an 80 or 82 today.”
Woody Austin, who shot 68 to tie for sixth, and Ernie Els, whose 66 was the best of the final round and moved him into a tie for 17th _ his best result in more than four months _ also hoped their strong finishes will serve as a springboard.
Few will benefit more than Canadian Adam Hadwin, a local playing on a sponsor’s exemption who bounced back from a miserable start to finish with a 72 and tied with Australian Geoff Ogilvy (70) for fourth at 2 under. Hadwin, in his second year on the third-tier Canadian Tour, failed to end a 57-year Canadian drought at the national Open, but earned another PGA Tour start next week.
“I felt like I was playing for my country out there,” Hadwin said. “I’ll catch a flight (Monday). I’ve got celebrating to do tonight.”
NOTES: Els moved to 131 in the FedEx Cup standings, while Donald moved up one spot to fifth after closing with a 67 to also finish 2 over. … Third-round leader Bo Van Pelt was still atop the leaderboard at 5 under at the turn, but played the next five holes at 4 over to finish in a tie for sixth with Scott Piercy (69) and Austin.
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