O'Hair's play is story line now

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IRVING, Texas - Sean O'Hair wants to be known for his game, not how he was pushed into the professional ranks while still in high school by an overbearing father.

Sean O'Hair shot 65, his best round of the season, to be the first-round leader at the Byron Nelson Championship in Texas.  Associated Press
Associated Press
Sean O'Hair shot 65, his best round of the season, to be the first-round leader at the Byron Nelson Championship in Texas.

With the way O'Hair is playing these days, his past is becoming less of the story.

O'Hair shot a season-best 5-under-par 65 on Thursday in the EDS Byron Nelson Championship to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Brett Wetterich and Anders Hansen.

It came in the tournament's first round without its namesake. Nelson died in September at age 94.

"You don't want to be known for other stuff," the 24-year-old O'Hair said.

"My life is in a great spot. I've got two beautiful kids I love to death and I've got a beautiful wife who does nothing but support me. ... I'm very fortunate to be in the situation that I'm in."

That wasn't always the case for O'Hair, who was pushed relentlessly by his father to be a star.

Wetterich's 66 included an eagle 3 on the 554-yard 16th hole when he hit his approach within 7 feet of the pin.

CORONA MORELIA CHAMPIONSHIP: In Morelia, Mexico, Lorena Ochoa shot 5-under-par 68 in the Mexican star's first round as the No. 1 player in the world, leaving the defending champion a stroke behind leader Stacy Prammanasudh in the LPGA Tour event.

Ochoa, who took the top spot in the rankings from Annika Sorenstam on Monday, had two eagles, five birdies and four bogeys in windy conditions on the Tres Marias course.

South Korea's Na On Min matched Ochoa with 68. The South Korean rookie had eight birdies, a bogey and a double bogey.

HENRICO COUNTY OPEN: In Richmond, Va., three-time PGA Tour winner Denis Watson shot a bogey-free 5-under-par 67 to take the first-round lead in the Nationwide Tour event.

Watson, who is 51 and now on the Champions Tour, has a one-shot lead over four players at The Dominion Club.

Watson played on the PGA Tour from 1981-1994.

Of golfers with area ties in the event, Richard Johnson had 72, Scott Parel and Franklin Langham had 73s and Brian Quackenbush had 78.

SPANISH OPEN: In Madrid, Spain, Notah Begay shot 4-under-par 68 to take the clubhouse lead in the rain-delayed European Tour event.

France's Gregory Bourdy and Sweden's Steven Jeppersen also were 4 under, both with five holes to play.

Half of the players didn't even start the round.


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