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Canadian comeback for O'Hair

A miserable season hit rock bottom for Sean O'Hair when he arrived at the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver last week, but yesterday the American was back on top of the world having captured the Canadian Open title.

Having missed 10 of 17 cuts and without a top-10 finish this season, O'Hair admitted he felt he had little chance of finding some form at Shaughnessy with its jungle-like rough and narrow fairways.

"Obviously it has been a tough year," O'Hair told reporters after his sudden death play-off win over Kris Blanks.

"When I played the pro am, this is a very intimidating golf course, I played horrific.

"Wednesday night was probably the lowest point of my year. I just didn't know how I was going to play this week and to be sitting here now is amazing. I was lost on Wednesday. To be sitting here I just really appreciate this win."

One of the PGA Tour's most challenging layouts, O'Hair's victory was a golfing version of winning ugly sealed with a bogey on the first playoff hole. With a regulation total of four-under 276, O'Hair was one of only eight players to finish under par during a week that produced the second-highest winning total on the PGA Tour this season.

While it felt good to taste victory for the first time since 2009, O'Hair admitted that the ordeal nearly made him sick to his stomach.

When Blanks was lining up his bogey putt at the 18th to try and extend the playoff, O'Hair said his churning stomach went into overdrive.

"There is not one second that I'm not feeling like I'm going to just puke," said O'Hair.


"When you're walking to your next shot, you're breathing, you're trying to suck in as much air as possible. Trying to keep your mind occupied and not think of the situation."

While O'Hair has been busy reworking his swing, with mixed success, it was a book that allowed him to turn the page in Vancouver.

"I was doing some reading Wednesday night, and I just had something inside me (that) just told me it's time to let go and just let everything take care of itself, and I did that," said O'Hair.

"I've been holding on so tight and trying to do it forcefully.

"Finally I just said, you know what, it's just time for me to just let go and whatever happens, happens."