O’Hair off to solid start while Tiger plays to par

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS - DOUG FER­GU­SON

PARA­MUS, N.J. Tiger Woods failed to carry any mo­men­tum he had from his last tour­na­ment into the start of the FedEx Cup play­offs. Nei­ther did Sean O’Hair. That was good news for only one of them on Thurs­day in the North­ern Trust.

O’Hair missed the cut last week and saw his FedEx Cup stand­ing slip to No. 121, mean­ing he has to play well this week or his sea­son is over. His goal is to ad­vance to the third stage of events be­cause the BMW Cham­pi­onship is at Aron­imink Golf Club out­side Philadel­phia, where O’Hair is a mem­ber.

He drilled a three-wood from 284 yards to six feet for ea­gle on No. 3. He ham­mered an­other three-wood on the par-five 17th to 10 feet, set­tling for a two-putt birdie. That car­ried O’Hair to a 5-un­der 66, giv­ing him a share of the lead with Kevin Tway, Jamie Love­mark and Vaughn Tay­lor.

“I’m ob­vi­ously very dis­ap­pointed that I’m not in a bet­ter po­si­tion (in the FedEx Cup stand­ings), but I’m kind of in charge of my des­tiny,” O’Hair said. “If I play good golf I’m just go­ing to work into the next week.”

Woods, play­ing for the first time since his run­ner-up fin­ish at the PGA Cham­pi­onship, had a pair of birdies, a pair of bo­geys, a lot of pars and a 71. He was in a tie for 60th. Woods just never got it close enough for good looks at birdie.

“Just didn’t have the sit­u­a­tions where I had the full club and I could go ahead and take a rip at it and start be­ing ag­gres­sive and go­ing af­ter these flags,” Woods said. “I kept hav­ing to play a lit­tle de­fen­sive be­cause I was tak­ing more club, try­ing to shape it and take spin off. One of those days.”

Two Cana­di­ans are in the field. Adam Had­win was even af­ter a round of 71, while fel­low Ab­bots­ford, B.C., na­tive Nick Tay­lor was 1 over af­ter a round of 72.

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