Winter rest puts O’Hair back on his game

Sean O'Hair chips to the ninth green during the second round of the SBS Championship.

Sean O'Hair chips to the ninth green during the second round of the SBS Championship.

KAPALUA, Hawaii – He first felt the pain last May, while doing “impact drills” at the Colonial. Nearly seven months later, Sean O’Hair found out why the lower part of his left forearm still hurt.

He had a stress fracture, which was confirmed with an MRI in early December.

“I struggled with it all last year,” O’Hair said following a third-round 2-under 71 that left him at 13-under, tied for fifth and four off the lead at the season-opening SBS Championship.

Certainly, it helps explain a stretch of golf that isn’t indicative of O’Hair’s talents. Having won at Wachovia in early May, he started 65-64 at Colonial, felt the pain, and wound up joint 18th. The next week he had to withdraw after opening with a 76 at the Memorial, and in his next seven tournaments, O’Hair never finished better than tied for 23rd.

“I didn’t know that it was (fractured),” O’Hair said, “only that it hurt. But it wasn’t any big deal.”

And to combat the pain?

“I popped Alleve like candy,” he said.

O’Hair righted the ship in the playoffs (three straight top 10s), but the best medicine has been rest. Of course, the winter weather outside of Philadelphia, Penn., has helped on that front, because O’Hair hasn’t had much chance to play golf, only to shoot at a few geese.

As a result, he is rested and seemingly in good form.

“The game is good. No complaints. I’m feeling fine now.”

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