DORAL, Fla. -- Note to Johnny Miller.
Stop it with the stopwatch.
Sean O'Hair, criticized the past two weeks for playing slowly by NBC's famous commentator, stuck up for himself on Wednesday and disputed the notion that he's unduly slow.
It began as O'Hair won two weeks ago in Tampa, his second victory on tour and first in two years. Last Sunday at Bay Hill, he was paired with Tiger Woods in the final group. O'Hair insists that he's no tortoise.
"One thing I don't understand is at Tampa, I deserved every single bit of the criticism that I got about my pace of play because I was holding the group up," O'Hair said. "Something people need to understand is that I wasn't in that situation for two years. I was a little bit nervous. There was a lot of things going on in my mind and I'm not going to step over a shot until I'm committed to the shot.
"As far as last week, I actually heard that I was criticized a little bit more than Tampa. The thing I don't understand is that we played the front nine in 1:42. We waited on every single shot on the back nine. So when you're watching the telecast, is he sitting there saying that? No.
"I mean, to me what does it matter if I take two practice swings or eight practice swings? I do what I have to do to play well. Obviously what I'm doing right now is right. But I think it's a little unfair to criticize somebody about their routine and talk about how slow they are when basically you're waiting on every single shot.
"We waited for almost ten minutes on the 16th tee, and I took eight practice swings because obviously we were just standing there not doing anything. If I walked up to the 16th tee and the fairway was clear, I might have taken two or three practice swings. You know, he can say what he wants to say. I can't control that. But I have a little bit of a problem with criticizing somebody when you're on time."
OK, so it's more than a little bit of a problem.