The Players Championship Notes

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Like everybody else,



did the best he could in the gusting winds yesterday at the TPC Sawgrass. He escaped with an even-par 72, leaving him tied for 17th and without complaints.

"I played pretty steady and I didn't make too many mistakes," O'Hair said.

His card showed an eagle, two birdies, two bogeys and a watery double-bogey at the island-green 17th.

O'Hair blamed his trouble at the 17th on his failure to "commit" to the shot. Indeed, it looked like a half-hearted effort with an 8-iron that kerplunked in the water short of the green.

The highlight of O'Hair's round was the eagle at the par-5 second (his 11th hole) which was playing 532 yards yesterday.

There, O'Hair bombed a 337-yard tee shot, hit his approach from 202 yards to 24 feet, and dropped the putt.

All day, though, the wind was never far from his mind. "The last three holes, I don't think I hit a ball more than 10 feet off the ground," the 24-year-old West Chester resident said. "I was hitting worm-burners to keep it under the wind."

O'Hair, who has been on a bit of a roll, goes off early, at 8:02 a.m., in today's second round.

- Joe Logan