O’Hern on track at the 2012 Frys.com Open: Leaderboard

NICK O’HERN shot a course record equalling 9-under 62 in the opening round of the 2012 Frys.com Open in a performance that could save his US PGA Tour card.

The Aussie golfer leads the event, at the CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California, by three strokes from Jhonattan Vegas and Nicolas Colsaerts.

O’Hern made nine birdies and no bogeys in what was his lowest round of the year.

The performance couldn’t have come at a better time for the 40 year old. He came into the week 144th on the money list after just one top 10 and 12 missed cuts, including in five of his last seven starts, in 23 starts this season.

A win here would catapult him into 60th position in the tour money list, well below the 125 cut off mark for players to retain their full Tour cards.

“Oh, I’m always optimistic,” O’Hern said afterwards. “I mean, I know I’ve got my work cut out as far as the money list goes.”

“I know what I need to do. I need to play good golf. I’ve been doing that, I just haven’t had the results unfortunately. Today is a perfect start to what I need to do.”

Mathew Goggin is the next best placed Aussie at 2-under and tied for 23rd, though at 177th on the money list has lots to do to improve his position. Rod Pampling is 1-under and would just slip in at 124th in the money list, with Matt Jones (175) also on 1-under.

2012 Frys.com Open Leaderboard

Video: O’Hern 36 ft putt on the 18th (He started on back nine

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded 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, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

1 COMMENT

  1. It was a great start by O’Hern. Unfortunately couldn’t quite back it back it up on Friday but is still just one shot off the lead.

    This tournament is a great opportunity for him to finally break through on the US Tour.

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