By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM Site Producer
Sean O’Hair has parted ways with swing coach Sean Foley, the two sides confirmed Tuesday.
O’Hair, whom Foley coached for the last three years, also withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship on Monday, citing personal reasons.
Under Foley, O’Hair won the 2009 Wells Fargo Championship and made the Presidents Cup team. This season, however, has been a struggle.
In 10 starts, O’Hair has missed six cuts, including his last five in a row. He has just one finish in the top 25 this year.
The decision was O’Hair’s, according to Foley, who got the phone call from O’Hair on Monday night.
“We will always be close,” Foley said via text message. “He is a great guy just going through a bad stretch of golf and felt he needed another direction.”
Earlier this year, O’Hair fired his caddie Brennan Little, who took over his bag after O’Hair let go of Paul Tesori at the end of last year.
Other players in Foley’s stable include of course Tiger Woods, whom he began working with last August, as well as Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose and Stephen Ames.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents
AUGUSTA, GA. -- Sean O'Hair was headed in the wrong direction Thursday when he blocked his tee shot right into the trees at the 11th hole and made bogey.
It was his second bogey in his last three holes and put O'Hair 2 over on a day when red numbers were lighting up those massive white leaderboards at Augusta National.
A slight adjustment in his alignment paid big dividends, though. O'Hair immediately birdied the par-3 12th and par-5 13th -- and went on to play his final seven holes 4 under on the way to a solid 70.
"I was making some good swings, just my cuts weren't quite cutting and my draws weren't quite drawing," O'Hair explained. "I was just basically hitting these straight shots, and the strike wasn't quite right. So I changed my ball position just a little bit, and it helped out a lot."
The birdie at the 12th came courtesy of a pinpoint 8-iron while he two-putted the 13th after reaching with a rescue club. O'Hair birdied the next par 5 with a lob wedge to inches, recovering nicely after pulling his drive left into the trees.
O'Hair then closed out his round with what is sure to be a rare birdie at the difficult 18th after a 7-iron approach. "So could have been better, could have been worse," he said. "I'm pretty happy with how I played."
O'Hair played in the first group off the tee with Jonathan Byrd and Ross Fisher, who fired a 69. The American hit 12 of 18 greens and eight of 14 fairways, and only had one three-putt.
O'Hair said he liked feeling like he "owned the whole place." He's played well at Augusta National before -- tying for 14th and 10th in 2008 and '09, respectively -- so he has a comfort zone.
"I love the place," O'Hair said. "... I just love the whole feel of the place. I think it's a very special atmosphere out here, and I just think either you love it or you hate it, and I just love it. It's just a very kind of I don't know, fairytale type feel out here."
Speaking of fairytales, two of O'Hair's four children -- Molly, who is 6, and 4-year-old Luke -- caddied for him at Wednesday's Par 3 Contest. Molly was particularly entertained.
"My son Luke wasn't quite interested in it," O'Hair said. "He got a little tired of it. He wanted to play. And my daughter took it really seriously. I was proud of her, she really behaved nicely, and she enjoyed it.
"She loves the signing autographs. She wanted to sign autographs, so that was fun watching her."
Click here to see O’Hair’s scorecard.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Spencer Levin said earlier that he felt he got a lot out of his round because he didn’t hit it nearly as well as he scored. And so far, his 2-under 70 is standing up with Levin holding a two-shot lead over Steve Marino and Charles Howell, who had the low round of the day with a 65.
Right behind Howell and Marino, though, is Rickie Fowler, who is 3 under on his round with two holes to play and 6 under for the week. Hunter Mahan is right there, too. He’s 2 under on the day and one shot back of Fowler.
Phil Mickelson? He’s gone backwards today at 3 over through 14 holes to drop to even par for the tournament.
The sixth hole proved to be Mickelson’s waterloo, so to speak, with the left-hander rinsing his tee shot and then hitting his next one into a fairway bunker. Mickelson was forced to lay up from there before eventually finishing with a triple-bogey 8.
As for the cut line, it’s currently at 4 over. As a point of reference, the highest cut this season was 6 over at the par-70 PGA National. The highest cut in tournament history was 10 over in 1983.
Those currently outside the cut line include Bill Haas (still on the course), Camilo Villegas, Sean O’Hair (on the course), Ryo Ishikawa, Graeme McDowell and Jhonattan Vegas. -- Brian Wacker
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Tavistock Cup, which since 2004 has been an interclub match between Isleworth’s and Lake Nona’s golf professional members, will have a different look this week.
For the first time, four clubs will compete for the Tavistock Cup, with 24 players involved in the competition. The first round of the two-day tournament at Isleworth Golf & Country Club begins in less than an hour (10:50 a.m. ET).
Monday’s format will consist of six matches of four-ball ( see schedule below). Tuesday’s competition will be singles matches.
Isleworth and Lake Nona will be two of the clubs in the competition, along with Albany and Queenwood. Albany is a new luxury resort community in The Bahamas and Queenwood is an exclusive private members’ club in the Surrey countryside near London.
Tiger Woods, fresh off his final-round 66 that bumped him up to 10th place at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship on Sunday, will compete for Team Albany. Reigning U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell leads Team Lake Nona ( team rosters below).
Tavistock Cup contestants play for prize money, team hole-in-one prizes and the title of World Golf And Country Club Champion.
The two-tournament will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel starting at Noon ET.
|TEAM ALBANY||TEAM ISLEWORTH||TEAM LAKE NONA||TEAM QUEENWOOD|
|Arjun Atwal||Robert Allenby||Ross Fisher||Thomas Bjorn|
|Ernie Els||Stuart Appleby||Retief Goosen||Darren Clarke|
|Trevor Immelman||Brian Davis||Peter Hanson||David Howell|
|Ian Poulter||J.B. Holmes||Graeme McDowell||Soren Kjeldsen|
|Justin Rose||Sean O’Hair||Henrik Stenson||Paul McGinley|
|Tiger Woods||Lee Janzen||Oliver Wilson||Adam Scott|
MONDAY’S FOUR-BALL MATCHES
|1||Arjun Atwal-Tiger Woods (Albany)||Thomas Bjorn-Adam Scott (Queenwood)|
|2||Robert Allenby-Stuart Appleby (Isleworth)||Peter Hanson-Henrik Stenson (Lake Nona)|
|3||Ian Poulter-Justin Rose (Albany)||Retief Goosen-Graeme McDowell (Lake Nona)|
|4||Brian Davis-J.B. Holmes (Isleworth)||Soren Kjeldsen-Paul McGinley (Queenwood)|
|5||Lee Janzen-Sean O’Hair (Isleworth)||Ross Fisher-Oliver Wilson (Lake Nona)|
|6||Ernie Els-Trevor Immelman (Albany)||Darren Clarke-David Howell (Queenwood)|
In the opening round of the 2011 World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play Championship, Sean O'Hair holes out for eagle from 104 yards on the par-5 11th hole at Dove Mountain.
MARANA, Ariz. – We may be in the Arizona desert at a golf course nestled among giant saguaro cacti and their more sprawling organ pipe brethren.
But this is the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship so it probably should come as no surprise that just five of the 32 matches pit Americans against each other.
Ryan Palmer currently owns a 3-up advantage over Jim Furyk through 11 holes while Dustin Johnson is 1 up over FedExCup leader Mark Wilson through four holes and Bubba Watson leads Bill Haas 2 up through three.
Sean O'Hair and Hunter Mahan have just teed off while Anthony Kim and Nick Watney will play at 2:45 p.m. ET.
There are 40 international players are among the field of 64 in 2011 with 15 different countries represented. There are a total of 24 Americans (up three from 2010) while England and Australia have six each followed by South Africa with five and Japan and South Korea each with four.
The other countries represented are: Italy (3); Denmark (2); Spain (2); Northern Ireland (2); Sweden (2); and one player each from Colombia, Germany, Ireland and Scotland.
Mark Wilson has 52-degree and 60-degree Ping Tour-W wedges in his bag. With two wins in his first three starts this year, he's obviously feeling good about his equipment.
"Ping has been really good with me working with my wedges trying to dial in the grooves just right," Wilson said after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open. "I spin the ball more than most guys, so the whole groove thing last year was supposed to be good for me, but I still was spinning it back too much from the fairway. So Ping has been working with me good. I've got some good equipment now." ...
Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia will be in Manhattan on Tuesday for the NYC WhiteOut at a custom-built driving range on 54th and Lexington. They will be using TaylorMade's new R11 and Burner SuperFast 2.0 white drivers to benefit Operation Game On, a charity to help raise money for wounded veterans. TaylorMade and Golfsmith are combining on the event. The first 500 people at the event will receive a free R11 hat, and 10 R11 drivers will be given away as prizes.
Sergio’s R11 driver, by the way, has 9 degrees of loft with a Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana 73-X shaft ...
Geoff Ogilvy used a Scotty Cameron R&D Concept 1 putter during the Waste Management Phoenix Open, reports GolfWorld magazine. "The blade-style putter features heel and toe weights as well as the 'Tour Rat' logo engraved on the sole," the magazine noted in its Feb. 16 edition.
Ogilvy also has tested a Titleist 910F 5-wood, although for now, the Cobra S9-1 remains as the fairway wood in his bag, reports Golf.com's David Dusek. "I'm not after length, really," Ogilvy told Dusek while testing the 910F at the Titleist Performance Insitute. "You're after versatility. In this day and age, having a wood you can hit out of the rough is pretty important." …
Golfweek's James Achenbach writes: "While most TaylorMade players are using the company’s new Tour Preferred forged MB or MC irons, Sean O’Hair has switched to the Tour Preferred forged CB irons (3-9). The CB irons have many game-improvement features and originally were earmarked for golfers with handicaps of 15 or better. O’Hair said he likes the ball flight, feel and forgiveness of the CB irons."
Dusek tweeted that O'Hair has also switched to a 9.5 degree TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0. …
While shooting an opening 63 at TPC Scottsdale, Tommy Gainey said he "took a chunk out of my 56 (degree wedge) hitting off rocks." That forced him to put a new Cleveland wedge in his bag. Gainey was in contention for his first TOUR win until the 72nd hole. …
Jarrod Lyle used a Titleist MB 8-iron for his ace at the 16th at TPC Scottsdale. Brendan Steele used a Titleist MB 7-iron to ace the 12th hole. Both players used the Titleist Pro V1x ball. …
Luke Donald reports on his Twitter feed that he’s been testing Mizuno’s new MP T11 wedges. He plans to put the high-performance forged wedges in his bag for next week’s Northern Trust Open at Riviera. Last year, Donald led the PGA TOUR in sand-save percentage (66.39 percent) …
In a Q&A with Golf Digest, Ryan Moore said his decision to sign with Adams Golf at the end of the 2010 season was an easy one. "I've been playing their driver, a fairway wood and hybrids without getting paid for two years," he told the magazine.
According to the Associated Press, Ernie Els and Camilo Villegas have new caddies this week at Kapalua.
Mike Kerr is now toting the bag for Els, who used Ricci Roberts and former NHL player Dan Quinn last year. Kerr most recently worked with Nick Dougherty on the European Tour and actually had a job lined up with Louis Oosthuizen last year. When Oosthuizen won the British Open, though, the young South African opted to stay with his caddie, Zack Rasego.
Villegas, on the other hand, needed a new caddy after Brett Waldman survived all four stages of q-school and earned his Nationwide Tour card. Villegas, who was disqualified Friday after a rules infraction in the first round resulted in him signing an incorrect scorecard, was using England’s Mick Doran this week.
Doran’s previous bosses include Lee Westwood and David Howell. He is slated to work for Villegas this week and next week in a tryout for the three-time PGA TOUR champion.
Meanwhile, Sean O’Hair has hired Brennan Little, Mike Weir’s long-time caddy, to replace Paul Tesori. And Weir has reportedly hired Pete Bender, who has worked for a who’s who of the game – Jack Nicklaus, Ian Baker-Finch, Lanny Wadkins, Greg Norman, Raymond Floyd and Ian Baker-Finch, to name a few.