Nick O'Hern has been a golf professional since 1994, but has never won a tournament on the PGA Tour. On Thursday, October 11th, he played the best round of his life at CordeValle Golf Club, in San Martin California. Posting a bogey-free score of nine-under par 62, he is the first round leader by three shots in the 2012 Frys.com Open.
A 40-year-old native of Perth, O'Hern has two career wins in Australia, the 1999 Schweppes Coolum Classic and 2006 Australian PGA. He has played regularly on the U.S. PGA Tour since 2005, but has yet to claim his first victory in 174 events entered. His best finish to date is a tie for second in the 2006 Booz Allen Classic.
2012 PGA Tour
In 2012 Nick O'Hern has made the cut in eleven of 23 PGA Tour events played. He has one top 10 finish, a tie for third in the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June. Prior to his magical 62 in the Frys.com Open, his best 18-hole score of the year was a 67. He is currently ranked #224 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Chasing his Card
At the end of the PGA Tour season, which is fast approaching, the top 125 on the money list will earn Tour Cards (full privileges) for the 2013 season. Nick O'Hern currently ranks #144 with total earnings of $428,258, more than $170,000 behind #125 Jeff Maggert. The final amount needed to finish in the top 125 is, of course, unknown (in 2011 it was $668,166).
The winner's share in the Frys.com Open is $900.000, more than enough to assure Nick O'Hern of his card for 2013. Beyond that, capturing his first PGA Tour win could change his life forever.
Good Luck, Nick.
Harold Andrews has played golf for nearly 50 years. He considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest of all time.