Nick O'Hern

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Nick O'Hern
Personal information
Full nameNicholas Simon O'Hern
Born (1971-10-18) 18 October 1971 (age 48)
Perth, Western Australia
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
NationalityFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Residence Perth, Western Australia
Career
Turned professional1994
Current tour(s) PGA Tour of Australasia
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
European Tour
Web.com Tour
Professional wins6
Highest ranking 16 (28 January 2007) [1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour of Australasia2
Other4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T19: 2006
PGA Championship T31: 2004
U.S. Open T6: 2006
The Open Championship T15: 2005
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour of Australasia
Order of Merit winner
2006

Nicholas Simon O'Hern (born 18 October 1971) is an Australian professional golfer.

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O'Hern has played on both of the world's premier professional golf tours, the European Tour, and the United States-based PGA Tour. His biggest successes though, have come at home on the PGA Tour of Australasia, where he won the Order of Merit as the leading money winner in 2006.

Personal life

O'Hern was born in Perth, Western Australia. His father was a three-handicap golfer who played baseball for Australia, and he followed him by playing baseball for Western Australia. He was also a talented tennis player, but he chose to concentrate on golf. In 2009, he was named the Number 1 Ticket Holder for the Fremantle Football Club. O'Hern has a wife and two daughters. He currently resides in Melbourne, Australia. He has published his book "Tour Mentality: Inside the Mind of a Golf Pro" in 2016. [2]

Career

O'Hern took up golf at the age of nine and plays left-handed. He turned professional in 1994. He was successful at the European Tour qualifying school at his first attempt in 1998 and played regularly on the European Tour from 1999 through 2007. He has not won on the European Tour, but had two second-place finishes in 2003, two more in 2004 and one each in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

In 2005, O'Hern began to play quite regularly in the United States. He was not a member of the PGA Tour, but having reached the top twenty of the Official World Golf Rankings, he received a substantial number of invitations and sponsors exemptions for PGA Tour events. In 2006 he became a member of the PGA Tour on the basis of his membership of the International Team at the 2005 Presidents Cup, and has since played mostly on that tour.

Also in 2006, O'Hern won the Australian PGA Championship, after he holed out from the greenside bunker for birdie on the fourth hole of a two-man play-off with Peter Lonard. The win brought to an end a seven-year drought for O'Hern, and propelled him to the top of the PGA Tour of Australasia's Order of Merit for 2006. [3] He has won five tournaments in Australia, and continues to play on the PGA Tour of Australasia during the northern hemisphere winter.

O'Hern has featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings, and he is the only player who has beaten Tiger Woods in matchplay more than once. He is coached by Neil Simpson, Peter Thomson and Lewis Freiberg of the Mount Lawley Golf Club in Perth, Western Australia.

Knee surgery ended O'Hern's 2010 season after 11 events. He started the 2011 season on a medical exemption. O'Hern satisfied his medical exemption in May 2011 with four events remaining to retain his PGA Tour status. On 6 June, O'Hern went through sectional qualifying and secured a spot in the 2011 U.S. Open.

O'Hern has never won on the PGA Tour; his best finish is a tie for second at the 2006 Booz Allen Classic.

Ball marking

O'Hern's ball marking has become famous because of its originality. In an ode to his native Australia, O'Hern marks his Titleist Pro V1 with a drawn-on kangaroo. The marking has been featured in Titleist advertisements.

Amateur wins

Professional wins (6)

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
119 Dec 1999 Schweppes Coolum Classic −10 (71-66-69=206)*2 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Wayne Smith
210 Dec 2006 Cadbury Schweppes
Australian PGA Championship
−22 (66-69-63-68=266)Playoff Flag of Australia (converted).svg Peter Lonard

*Note: The 199 Schweppes Coolum Classic was shortened to 54 holes due to rain.

PGA Tour of Australasia playoff record (1–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
1 2005 Heineken Classic Flag of Australia (converted).svg Craig Parry Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole
2 2006 Cadbury Schweppes
Australian PGA Championship
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Peter Lonard Won with birdie on fourth extra hole

Other wins (4)

Playoff record

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
1 2005 Heineken Classic Flag of Australia (converted).svg Craig Parry Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole

Results in major championships

Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Masters Tournament T45T19CUTCUT
U.S. Open T49T6T23
The Open Championship T41CUTT15CUTCUTT32
PGA Championship CUTT31CUTCUTT50CUT
Tournament20102011
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 00000142
U.S. Open 00001243
The Open Championship 00000153
PGA Championship 00000062
Totals0000141910

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament20052006200720082009201020112012
The Players Championship T24CUTCUTT32T49CUTCUTCUT

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament200120022003200420052006200720082009
Match Play QFQFR32QFR32
Championship NT1T28T56T26T6T6
Invitational T28T31T56T27T45
Champions

1Cancelled due to 9/11

  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Team appearances

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References

  1. "Week 4 2007 Ending 28 Jan 2007" (pdf). OWGR . Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  2. O'Hern, Nick (11 November 2016). Tour Mentality: Inside the Mind of a Golf Pro. ISBN   978-0692791745.
  3. "O'Hern ends long wait for victory". BBC Sport. 10 December 2006. Retrieved 17 July 2009.