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O'Hair doing the slow burn

Posted on: March 19, 2008 4:51 pm

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.


Category: Golf

Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2008 9:18 pm

Did Tiger ground his club in the 12th?

On Saturday's round in the US Open, it appeared that Tiger Woods on the 12th when he hit his sand trap shot made contact with the sand .  On his backswling, Tiger brushed the sand and made a flat spot.  I do not have a Tivo to double check.

Rich Lippi

Canyon Lake,CA


Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2008 9:12 am

O'Hair doing the slow burn

Miller was crying about it because it was bad for tv. 

I can't believe 10+ handicappers (on this thread) with carts and little (relatively speaking) to play for are trying to compare themselves to playing on the PGA tour.  PGA players have to follow every rule which makes the game fair but slows down play.  We weekend duffers can move faster because losing a ball in the woods doesn't cost us a $900K pay check.  The greens on the tour are like ice so yes they have to read the greens and take their time.  They don't get mulligans when they try to cut the corner on a dog leg like Tiger did on the 379 yard hole on Thursday.  Playing 9 holes walking on a 7,000 yard course in less than 2 hours is fast.  How many of you have actually walked a 7,000 yard round and timed it under 4 hours? 

Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2008 6:05 pm

O'Hair doing the slow burn

They are playing for their livelihoods!

Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2008 5:48 pm

O'Hair doing the slow burn

O'Hair may turn out to be one of the best young players on the tour.  I like his game but as of yet he couldn't carry Miller's jock.

Johnny Miller was no slow player by any means and does an excellent job as commentator.  Yes, he can be critical but it is refreshing to me to hear some candid comments in this world of political correctness. 

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2008 5:23 pm

Mohair doing the slow burn

Johnny Miller is the jerk in this case. I watch less golf when NBC has an event because of him. Many times I just give up and watch the golf and the graphics. I would only hope NBC would get rid of him.

If you listen to him he never really gives an opinion, he spends most of his air time contradicting himself.

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2008 8:44 am

O'Hair doing the slow burn

I think we only need look back to Bethpage when people in the stands were shouting at Sergio Garcia to hit the ball!!  His game wasn't being questioned not were the people in the stands mindful as to whether or not his twosome was having to wait around while the twosome in front of him played out their shots.

How many of us have been paired with a foursome because they are short one or two players only to find that one player has a pre-shot routine that seems to have no end?  Doesn't this drive you as crazy as it does me?

I think that is what Mr. Miller was referring to and I commend him for doing so.


Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2008 7:08 am
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Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2008 6:10 am

O'Hair doing the slow burn

Miller is totally the most overrated commentator.  He thinks he has become a much better player since he has been in the booth.  Does anyone remember Miller trying to putt?  He had the YIPS!!

The USGA changed the rules regarding caddie assistance because Miller's caddie was squating about 2 feet behind his ball, on the target line, when he actually putted! 

Miller's "analysis" of golf swings, especially when a player hits a bad shot, is laughable.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2008 8:49 pm

O'Hair doing the slow burn

parttymer: what a great comeback. There are an awful lot of armchair golf experts that probably couldn't play the front nine at Bay Hill in 1:45 from the green tees.

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2008 6:52 pm

O'Hair doing the slow burn

Johnny Miller is almost critical about everyone on tour except Tiger and if Sean O'hair is playing with Tiger he's probably really nervous playing with the worlds number 1 player cause i know i would.The only problem i have is that O'hair should of asked MILLER if he could offer him a putting tip.OH YEAH thats why Miller quit playing cause of the serious bad case of the yips.

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