Report: Blanks arrested with gun in bag at airport

Kris Blanks during the PGA Tour's 2012 Transitions Championship.
Kris Blanks during the PGA Tour's 2012 Transitions Championship. ( Associated Press )

Sunday, July 14, 2013

PGA Tour golfer Kris Blanks was arrested Sunday at Palm Beach International Airport when security officers found that his carry-on bag contained a gun with ammunition in its magazine, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Blanks, who finished T-4 at Q-School last year to earn his card in the wake of a shoulder injury, has played just once on Tour this year; he missed the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Deputies said Blanks told them he had forgotten to take the gun out of his bag after returning home from a previous trip; he was arrested on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and released that morning on $3,000 bail, the Post reported.

Blanks posted on Twitter that day about a "great charity event for Duke Cancer Institute" at Trump International in West Palm Beach. Today he tweeted from his account, @krisblanks: "Heading home from DC. Had a great time helping raise money for cancer research today. Capital city pro-am. Cool part of the job!!!" No post was visible about the arrest.

Blanks' best finish on Tour is second at the 2010 Puerto Rico Open; he won the Web.com Tour's 2008 Bank of America Open. Born in Warner Robins, Ga., he played at Huntingdon College and lives in Jupiter.