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Golf Australia Express : Issue 4
WHERETO start with Sean O’Hair? On Wednesday he said he “played horrific” during his Pro-Am round at the Canadian Open. Less than a fortnight ago he didn’t make the weekend at the British Open, and if Canadian karma was looking out for its own it wouldn’t have missed the fact that he’d sacked two Canadians—his swing coach and his caddie— in the past year. If there was a better recipe for a Friday exit and the continuation of the worst season of a pro’s career, good luck finding it. But after the Canadian Open O’Hair is the toast of the PGA Tour after conquering the tough Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club course, moving to 43rd in the FexEx Cup standings and virtually assuring himself of a spot in the season-ending playoffs. The American set up the win with a sterling four- under 66 in his third round, but had to see off countryman and overnight leader Kris Blanks in a tense playoff to secure the win. Most golfers won’t have heard of Shaughnessy, but those who competed certainly will, with the par-70 layout earning new status as the only non-major tournament WINNER BY O’HAIR to go without a bogey-free round since 2008. Even O’Hair and Blanks, so solid when it counted for most of the week, did everything they could to blow their chances when they replayed the 18th to find a winner. Just minutes earlier, Blanks sunk a clutch 10-foot par putt to get up and down from a greenside bunker and force the playoff, but with a fairway in front of him the burly American faltered, sticking his tee shot in the thick rough. Not to be outdone, O’Hair found the same long grass, but while Blanks stuffed his next shot in his favourite pocket of sand, O’Hair put his in the fairway. Blanks gave O’Hair an opening when he couldn’t keep his bunker shot on the green and, after chipping back on, needed to hole a six-footer to equal O’Hair’s bogey. It lipped out, gifting his compatriot the winner’s cheque of more than $900,000. O’Hair said he reached his lowest possible ebb after the Pro-Am and questioned why he was there. “Wednesday night was my worst point of the whole year,” he said. “I was lost on Wednesday. To be sitting here, I just really appreciate this win.” There were good stories to be found further down the leaderboard. Walking disaster John Daly saved his worst round for last, but still notched his first top 10 finish in six years, ending in a tie for ninth at even par. The best of the Australians was Geoff Ogilvy, who finished in a tie for fourth at two-under with Canadian Adam Hadwin, the lone local in the field who made the most of a sponsor’s exemption to earn a start at the Greenbrier Classic. OTG “I WAS LOST ON WEDNESDAY. TO BE SITTING HERE, I JUST REALLY APPRECIATE THIS WIN.” — Sean O’Hair WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE PGA TOUR FINAL STANDINGS 1 SEAN O’HAIR USA -4 $ 936,000 2 KRIS BLANKS USA -4 $ 561,600 3 ANDRES ROMERO ARG -3 $ 353,600 T4 GEOFF OGILVY AUS -2 $ 228,800 T4 ADAM HADWIN CAN -2 $ 228,800 T6 WOODY AUSTIN USA -1 $ 174,200 T6 SCOTT PIERC Y USA -1 $ 174,200 T6 BO VAN PELT USA -1 $ 174,200 T9 JOHN DALY USA E $ 140,400 T9 SPENCER LEVIN USA E $ 140,400 T9 CHARL SCHWARTZEL RSA E $ 140,400 T9 PATRICK CANTLAY USA E $ 140,400 WRAP THE