O’Hair, Miyazato, Cochran & Noren: World-Wide Winners

by Jeff Skinner

The pros were busy on Sunday with the majority of the golf tournaments taking place in Europe.  It was an odd weekend that saw all four major tours play outside the United States.

In an absolutely unexpected turn of events at The PGA Tour’s RBC Canadian Open, Sean O’Hair rose from the depths of his worst year on tour to beat Kris Blanks in a playoff and win for the first time since 2009.  O’Hair hadn’t even cracked the top 15 in any tournament this year and had missed the cut in 10 of 17 tries.  He has fired his caddy and his coach and had been mired in a deep slump.  He said he played horrific golf in the Wednesday Pro-Am, “Wednesday night was my worst point of the whole year,” O’Hair said. “I was lost on Wednesday. To be sitting here, I just really appreciate this win.”  O’Hair has had a tough year but maybe this win could show Tiger Woods that jettisoning your coach and caddy can work for you.  Click here for the story.

Few tournaments treat their players like The Evian Masters.  It’s one of the favorite stops on tour for the ladies, especially for Ai Miyazato who claimed her second Evian title in three years.  Miyazto has worked on her mental game the past off season and it appears to have paid off.  Stacy Lewis mounted a charge but ran out of holes.  “I was nervous this morning, but I really trusted myself,” Miyazato said. “‘Even when the lead was down to one stroke, I was in no hurry,” she said. “I kind of expected that to happen.”  She’ll be looking to repeat next year as the Evian becomes the fifth major on the LPGA Tour.  Click here for the story.

At The Senior British Open Russ Cochran celebrated the biggest win of his career as he out lasted Mark Calcavecchia and Tom Watson.  This is Cochran’s third Seniors Tour win to go with his one regular tour win and by far his most significant.  He had his son on the bag for the week and took special pride in showing his family that he still has it.  “I’ve actually mentioned it to my boys on more than one occasion, that I felt that if I was going to do some damage in a major and win a major, it probably would be here,” Cochran said.  “I enjoy the type of golf it is. I am more single-minded over here, and I just love the golf over here.”  Click here for the story.

There’s nothing like home cooking for Sweden’s Alex Noren as he won the European Tour’s Nordea Masters in his homeland.  He had an eleven stroke lead to start the day but made it harder than it should have been.  He stumbled to a 77 but still won by seven strokes.  I guess a little home cooking goes a long way.  Click here for the story.



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