O’HERN’S COOLUM ESCAPE
Nick O’Hern was on 23-under and striding towards victory in the 2006 Australian PGA Championship at the Hyatt Coolum Resort. After marking his ball on the 72nd hole he stood back to contemplate the two-foot par putt that would give him his first professional win in seven years.
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Since his maiden title in 1999 – the Coolum Classic at the same course – O’Hern had notched 56 top-10s, been runner-up 12 times and third-placed 11 times. No-one doubted his metronomic consistency. Indeed, they called him ‘Mr Consistency’.
But questions were being asked. Why couldn’t he get it done?
Then he missed the two-foot putt. It didn’t touch the hole. The crowd gasped. “I just wanted to snap my putter, two-and-a-half-feet to win the tournament and I pulled it,” O’Hern said. For agonising…