Media day at the Northern Trust on Tuesday was a subdued affair compared to the last time Tiger Woods was seen at a golf tournament. That was only good news for one of them.
O'Hair missed the cut last week and saw his FedEx Cup standing slip to No. 121, meaning he has to play well this week or his season is over.
"I know it's not very good", the 28-year-old Floridian said of his non-major record on the eve of the Northern Trust tournament in Paramus, New Jersey. "I was hoping just to be able to play golf with my kids and my buddies at home". He held the lead on the back nine on Sunday at the British Open, finishing tied for sixth, and was in with a chance on the last nine holes at the recent US PGA Championship only to finish runner-up to Brooks Koepka.
Essentially, for someone who looked like their time at the top of the sport was done, things are looking good for Tiger. "And I made the turn around that corner and I saw him and I was, like, kind of in shock a little bit to think he waited around for 30 minutes just to watch me finish".
"I just haven't shown up", he said.
Some of that is because fans thought they might not ever see him play again.
Close friends Koepka and Johnson nearly assuredly won't be watching, Koepka said, because Johnson's brother and caddie, Austin, is getting married that day.
Justin Thomas dominated the PGA Tour previous year, winning his first major championship and FedEx Cup trophy.
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Johnson fought back and nearly had a hole in one at the par-three sixth where his ball lipped out of the hole.
"I don't know if that's being a little exhausted, a little lazy, not the preparation that you really need to put the emphasis on the FedExCup that I should have been".
O'Hair isn't alone in the urgency to play well. No wins, his spot on the Ryder Cup team not yet assured.
Along the way Woods has relished the opportunity to compete against the best players on tour, a chance he thought was gone forever a year ago.
Woods is ranked 11th on the USA Ryder Cup points table but must wait until September 5 to learn whether he has earned one of captain Furyk's wildcard selections.
"Morgan Hoffmann came in at 124 and went all the way to The Tour Championship", Tway said, referring to 2014. As the summer as gone on I've gotten better, and felt better.
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"It's crucial to play well this week and propel myself into the top five and then I control my own destiny", Day said. "If I'm trying to hit a high cut, if anything I'm going to over- cut it to the right".