Sean O’Hair: great golfer, lousy speller

SOMETIMES big time golf these days can start sounding a bit like an episode of the Oprah Winfrey show.

You can just see a guest on Oprah’s couch confiding: “The key word for me this year is acceptance.”

But this isn’t the personal development movement we’re talking about here, it’s the US PGA Tour.

Sean O’Hair, who is a great golfer but is terrible at spelling his surname, was full of praise for his backing team after winning the Quail Hollow Championship on Sunday.

That included his swing coach Sean Foley and mental coach Bob Rotella.

No doubt spurred by recent events, the media asked after his win if he had worked on improving “recalibrating” after a bad putt or shot.

The 26 year old American replied: “Absolutely. You know,  Sean and Bob Rotella have been a huge part of that, just of — the word we use is acceptance, trying to — everything that happens to me, good, bad, whatever, I need to accept.”

“And I’ve done a really good job with that this year. Like yesterday I missed a 22-inch putt on 12 and then I birdied 13, 14 and 15. You know, I think that shows that — I think I’m doing a good job with that.

“Obviously there are a lot of things in life that happen that you have to accept.

“I mean, obviously after Bay Hill (when he blew a five stroke lead to allow Tiger Woods to win with a birdie putt on the 18th), a lot of writers wrote some pretty nasty things and a lot of people said some nasty things, and I can’t control what they say. They can believe what they want to believe, but I know who I am, I know what I’m capable of, and I just accept that. 

“There are a lot of things that you’ve got to do, and I think the key word for me this year is acceptance.”

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. A former Sydney journalist, he launched ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples and Karrie Webb. He has also reported on numerous amateur tournaments, particularly national senior and veteran events. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best Golf News Report 2016 - 2017.

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