IRVING, Texas - Sean O'Hair wants to be known for his game, not how he was pushed into the professional ranks while still in high school by an overbearing father.

O'Hair used to have to run a mile for every bogey and turned pro at age 17, a year before he finished high school.

But with the way O'Hair is playing these days, his past is becoming less of the story.

A West Chester resident who is originally from Texas, O'Hair shot a season-best 5-under-par 65 yesterday in the Byron Nelson Championship.

The 24-year-old took a 1-stroke lead over defending champion Brett Wetterich and Anders Hansen after the tournament's first round without its namesake. Byron Nelson died last year at 94.

O'Hair said he now talks to his father, Marc, "once in a while." While he politely described their relationship as a "good situation," he didn't elaborate.

Coming off four consecutive top-15 finishes, O'Hair got off to a good start with birdies on the opening two holes at Cottonwood Valley, the easier of the two courses used for the Nelson's first two rounds. He finished with seven birdies and two bogeys, the last on the par-3 17th after he left his tee shot in a bunker.


MORELIA, Mexico - Lorena Ochoa shot a 5-under 68 in the Mexican star's first round as the No. 1 player in the world, leaving the defending champion a stroke behind leader Stacy Prammanasudh in the Corona Morelia Championship.

Ochoa, who took the top spot in the rankings from Annika Sorenstam on Monday, had two eagles, five birdies and four bogeys on the Tres Marias course.

European Tour

MADRID, Spain - American Notah Begay shot a 4-under 68 to take the clubhouse lead in the rain-delayed first round of the Spanish Open. France's Gregory Bourdy and Sweden's Steven Jeppersen also were 4 under, both with five holes to play on the Centro Nacional de Golf course.