Battling back from a major injury, Sean O’Hair finds himself in contention this week on the PGA Tour. Can he win for the first time in nine years?
Sean O’Hair has had his share of success on the PGA Tour. But the last two years or so have literally been a pain for the veteran. This week at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship, O’Hair finally looks like his old self, at least through two rounds.
O’Hair tore an oblique muscle about 18 months ago, which, as any golfer would know, makes it almost impossible to swing a golf club properly. Last season, he was only able to play in two events, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the Honda Classic. O’Hair tied for 50th at Pebble Beach and missed the cut at the Honda.
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Playing on a Major Medical Extension, O’Hair is trying to get his career back where it once was. He missed the cut at the Safeway Open in his first start this season. But this week is off to a much, much better start this week.
O’Hair shot a 5-under par 67 on Thursday. Then on Friday, he had a very steady round, playing solid golf all the way around.
He would start on the back nine and would birdie the 10th hole. After pars on the next three holes, O’Hair would birdie the 14th hole to get to 2-under on his round.
Pars at 15 and 16 followed before a birdie at the 17th hole got him to 3-under. He would finish his first nine at that mark.
His second nine started with three pars. He then birdied the par-5 fourth hole to get to 4-under on the day. O’Hair would par five, six and seven before a birdie at number eight got him to 5-under on his round. That’s where he finished, with his second straight 67. That leaves his two shots behind Hudson Swafford with 36 holes to play.
He has four career wins to his credit. O’Hair’s first win came at the 2005 John Deere Classic. He won the PODS Championship in 2008, then won the Quail Hollow Championship in 2009. His last PGA Tour win came at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.
If O’Hair can get himself healthy, perhaps he can find the game that earned him four wins on tour. Through two rounds this week in the Dominican Republic, he’s off to a great start. How, O’Hair just needs to finish strong.