July 27, 2011 |
SEAN O'HAIR insists that one of the best things about golf is, well, sometimes you really never do know. The West Chester resident hadn't finished in the top 15 on the PGA Tour this season. He'd missed the cut in four of his last five starts heading into last week, and was coming off a British Open in which he closed with a double-bogey to go home early by a shot. Yet he won the Canadian Open on Sunday, with a bogey on the first playoff hole. At 29, it was the fourth victory of his 7-year career, and first in 26 months.
June 1, 2013 |
Sean O'Hair likes the idea of playing in a U.S. Open in his home area, competing for the national championship at Merion Golf Club with family and friends watching. Before that can happen, however, O'Hair has to make it through a 36-hole sectional qualifier Monday in Columbus, Ohio. And for him to pick up one of the 15 available spots in that competition, the 30-year-old West Chester resident must get his game turned around rather quickly. O'Hair is suffering through his worst season in this, his ninth year on the PGA Tour.
April 6, 2008 |
This time around, Sean O'Hair hopes to play better in the Masters. No matter what, though, he is determined to savor the experience, smell the azaleas. "I didn't do that last time," said O'Hair, 25, from West Chester. "I put such tremendous pressure on myself that first year, I didn't enjoy it. " Last time for O'Hair was 2006, and it didn't go well. Riding high from his rookie-of-the-year performance and first Tour win in 2005, O'Hair rolled into Augusta the following spring with very high expectations for himself.
March 23, 2013 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - Justin Rose started out as another guy in Tiger Woods' group Thursday at Bay Hill. He wound up in the lead. Rose put on a clinic with the putter and ran off four straight birdies late in his round for a 7-under 65, giving him a 2-shot lead after the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Woods had two sloppy bogeys from greenside bunkers. But he made enough key par saves and manhandled the par 5s to scratch out a 69, a reasonable start as he tries to win Bay Hill for the eighth time and return to No. 1 in the world.
June 7, 2011 |
West Chester resident Sean O'Hair will not be playing in next week's U.S. Open on the Blue Course at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. He failed to earn a spot in yesterday's Sectional Qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, where on Friday he'd just missed the cut at the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament, his second consecutive MC. This will be the first major he has missed since the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. O'Hair, who has failed to make it to the weekend in seven of his 13 starts this season, has fallen to 89th in the 2-year cumulative world rankings.
October 1, 2013 |
Sean O'Hair of West Chester birdied three of his final six holes for a 3-under-par 67 in the Web.com Tour Championship at Sawgrass, Fla., and secured his PGA Tour card for the 2013-14 season. O'Hair, who was even par after two rounds, finished in a tie for eighth at 6-under 274 and wound up 16th on the 50-man priority list with $59,333 for the four-event Web.com Finals series. O'Hair, the 2005 PGA Tour rookie of the year, needed to re-qualify for the tour after finishing outside the top 125 on the money list in 2013 for the first time in his career.
August 2, 2008 |
Without the world's No. 1 player around, Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson brought some star power to the final World Golf Championship of the year. Singh twice escaped from the trees on his closing holes and renewed his affair with a belly putter on his way to a 4-under 66 at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, putting his name atop the leaderboard for the first time in more than 4 months. He was one shot ahead of Mickelson, who made another great escape at the end of the second round, this time holing a 20-foot par putt to finish off a 66 that put him in the final group with Singh.
September 29, 2006 |
After his 1-under 70 yesterday, Sean O'Hair was happy with how he played - but not with his score. "I'm still making a few too many mistakes," said O'Hair, 24, from West Chester, who was 7 shots behind leader Tiger Woods after the first round of the American Express Championship. O'Hair's mistakes were three costly bogeys on the front nine at the Grove - his back nine - that offset his strong, three-birdie 33 on his front nine. He started his round the way any golfer would love: a 319-yard blast followed by an approach shot from 172 yards to six feet - birdie.
January 16, 2012 |
LEFTHANDER Gio Gonzalez agreed to a 5-year, $42 million contract with the Washington Nationals yesterday, 3 weeks after he was acquired in a trade with Oakland. The deal includes options for 2 more years. It was the largest guaranteed contract for a pitcher eligible for arbitration for the first time. Gonzalez, 26, went 16-12 last season - a career high for wins - with a 3.12 ERA in 32 starts and was selected to his first All-Star Game. He was acquired in a six-player deal with Oakland on Dec. 23. He made $420,000 last season.
June 10, 2007
Tiger Woods World rank: 1. Best Open finish: 1st (2000, 2002). Why he could win: Duh. He's Tiger Woods, the best player in the world, and he's chasing Jack Nicklaus' record. Why not: He ranks 165th in driving accuracy, a stat that will not go unpunished at the U.S. Open. Phil Mickelson World rank: 2. Best Open finish: 2d (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006). Why he could win: Redemption from last year. That and the fact that under Butch Harmon, he's hitting tee shots straighter, a must at the Open.