October 19 2013
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
LAS VEGAS -- Sean O'Hair describes the 2013 season as a "dark year." The four-time TOUR winner had to return to the Web.com Tour Finals to regain his card after just two top-25s in 22 starts. The new season is off to a good start, though.
O'Hair is at 12-under 201 (66-72-63) after three rounds at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. His 63 matched his career-low round on TOUR. He also shot 63 in the third round of the 2008 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. He played his final five holes Saturday in 5 under, including an eagle at the par-4 15th. He drove the green with a 3-wood and holed a 44-foot putt. It was his second eagle on that hole. He finished 26th at last week's Frys.com Open, where his 276 was his low 72-hole score of the calendar year.
O'Hair finished 170th in the 2013 FedExCup; he made just seven of 22 cuts in 2013. He never finished better than 16th. Three top-20 finishes in the four Web.com Tour Finals events got him back on TOUR, though.
"It was a tough time this year, especially late, because I was realizing I was going to lose my card," O'Hair said. "I had to get my mind right going into those Web.com Tour events. I knew I had a good opportunity to get my card back, but I had to be in the right spot mentally.
"I almost felt like I had an identity crisis this year. I was going out on the golf course and trying this and trying that. I didn't know who I was as a player."
He called the Web.com Tour Finals "humbling" and an "eye-opener."
"I was dis appointed going into those events and I think if I kept that attitude, I wouldn't have gotten my card back," O'Hair said.
His father-in-law, Steve Lucas, returned to his bag during the Web.com Tour Finals. He also started working with a new swing coach, John Dunigan, this year. "I'm seeing some light at the end of the tunnel," O'Hair said. "I really feel like I might be playing some of the best golf life right now. I really feel good."