Sean O'Hair birdied his first three holes en route to a front-nine 30. (Getty Images)
Hot start cools, but O'Hair content with 67
Sean O'Hair was off to the racs early Thursday, then fell back into the pack a little bit. Yet even as he cooled, he tried not to get caught up in any sense of urgency over what others were doing.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Sean O’Hair was red-hot early in his round – making birdie on his first three holes and shooting a 30 on the front nine. He couldn’t maintain that torrid pace, though, and bogeys on two of his last four holes dropped him back into the pack.
Still, O’Hair couldn’t be too disappointed with the 67 that positioned him firmly in the top 10, albeit four strokes behind Rory McIlroy.
"I’m happy with 5 (under)," he said. "I wasn’t too upset with the bogey on 17. I mean, that’s just a difficult tee shot. And I felt like I hit a pretty solid second, and I actually executed the third the way I wanted to, just kind of misjudged it.
"The three-putt on … 15 was a little disappointing, but all in all, I was very pleased with how I played. So that’s what I’ve got to take away from it."
O’Hair tried hard not to get caught up in any sense of urgency over Thursday’s opportune scoring conditions or what the rest of the field was doing. He was just trying to go as low as he could.
"I think when it’s the first day, you don’t really read too much into it, you’ve just got to keep going," O’Hair said. "I think especially in this game out here with these guys, you’ve just got to kind of keep the foot on the gas, to be honest with you.
"Maybe with five holes to play on the back nine on Sunday, you kind of start thinking about it. But I was just trying to just keep going."