In case you missed it, Arron Oberholser took another big step on his comeback trail, making his first PGA Tour start at the Frys.com Open since he withdrew from the Buick Invitational in February (he played two Nationwide Tour events this summer but missed the cut at both).
Oberholser, who was ranked 25th in the World Rankings in October 2007 with only seven Americans ahead of him, finished T33 at the Frys.com.
He has battled numerous injuries to his back, shoulder and arm. At the 2007 Masters, Arnold Palmer recommended a hand specialist for Oberholser. Surgery to remove a loose fragment of the hamate bone in his left hand in October 2007 sidelined him for months, and he played only 10 events in 2008. He underwent a second surgery to remove bone spurs and repair minor cartilage damage in his left wrist in July 2008.
How long has Oberholser been bothered by a myriad of injuries? Well, he notched his lone Tour victory at the 2006 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He hasn’t been healthy enough to defend yet. A close friend of Oberholser’s tells me he is resigned to the fact that he may never make a full recovery and likely will have to play with some pain.
The 34-year-old still has plenty of time to fulfill his potential. In the meantime, time away from the course has yielded its own rewards. Oberholser married former LPGA player Patti Rizzo, and the couple welcomed son Ethan Lee, born July 18.