Sean O'Hair coils then unravels like a diver unfolds from a spinning tuck in mid-air.
The 28-year-old's elasticity generates a fluid, picture-perfect pummeling of the golf ball and has catapulted him to the lead of the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Currently 9-under par, O'Hair fired a bogey-free third round 64. He jumpstarted his round at the par-5 second hole when he launched a sky-high 3-iron to six-feet and drained the putt for eagle.
The story of Sean's successful Saturday was undoubtedly his Gary Player-eqsue putting. O'Hair's distinctive and deliberate putting technique involves keeping his head down after his putting stroke. "Keeping my head down like that reminds me to be patient and concentrate on my stroke," said O'Hair in an interview after his third round.
Viewers watched O'Hair's putter glide through the ball as he anxiously listened for that incomparable ‘clink' of the golf ball hitting the bottom of the cup. Thankfully, O'Hair heard that euphoric sound countless times in his third round, carding an eagle, four birdies and 13 pars.
But the golf world had been anticipating a breakthrough like this from O'Hair, who has displayed his golf prowess throughout the 2010 PGA Tour season. In 14 cuts, O'Hair has ten top-25 finishes, highlighted by a T-12 at the US Open, a T-7 at the British Open and a T-4 at the SBS Championship.
After three rounds, O'Hair is tied for the lead at 9-under par with Ryan Palmer, who shot a blistering 7-under par 63 on the South Course at Firestone. But red-hot Matt Kuchar, who leads the Tour with seven top-10 finishes, lurks just one stroke behind after carding a 4-under 66.
Justin Leonard, Peter Hanson and Ernie Els are all tied for 3rd place currently at 7-under par. Els basically put on a putting clinic in his third round, carding seven birdies en route to a third round 64, clearly finding his rhythm with the flat stick. Just two shots off the lead, Els remains the most viable threat to the leaders.