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and commiserating with people in
all fields of life. The caddy learns how to communicate with others, learn the values and the quirks of various players, and earn money to support schooling or other endeavors. Caddying provides life lessons, gets kids out of doors and helps make them responsible. Sometimes I
worry about the world my kids live in today where video games and text messaging replace
real world communication and experiences.
DD: Speaking of your family, your wife grew up around here. Where did you meet her?
Sean O’Hair: My wife is from Aston, but I met her at a practice session at Heron Bay in 2001 and we were married in 2002. She’s close to her family, so I moved into the area. We have four children: Molly, Luke, Grady and Trevor.
DD: As you get older, what have you learned most about the game of golf?
Sean O’Hair: I have been with it
so long that I feel I have learned everything in life from it. My greatest weakness is my own expectations of myself and I try to deal with that on a regular basis. I think what I’ve learned most is that to remain viable in any field a person must be able to adapt to change. The game has changed a lot since I started out. Rookies are 21 and under rather than 22 to 24 years of age. They start out of the gate quicker, and have grown up in a world of rapid changes. As I get older I have to be careful not to extend myself too far both physically and mentally. I have to use my experience over my ability
to beat the ball where I want it to go. And I have to keep the motivation to win...always. When I lose the motivation, it’s time to retire!
Sean O’Hair: Aronimink is a beautiful course, and I am looking forward to playing on “home turf.”
It is somewhat intimidating to play “where you live” in that many of
the people you know as a husband, father and community member will be watching you with high expectations. I would say that Hole No. 8 is the toughest, and requires everything from a5irontoa5wood.It’salongpar
3 with par being a good score. Hole No. 4 is also quite difficult in that the green is fairly small for such a long drive and can be tricky to get to.
DD: Aronimink is very much a “caddie club.” Proceeds from the 2018 BMW Championship will be used to fund the Platt Evans Scholars Foundation for caddies at Penn State University. What is your opinion of the need for caddies in the modern world of golf?
Sean O’Hair: You’re asking a guy who has had both his wife and father- in-law as caddies and does in clubs like Aronimink. Carrying clubs is only a part of what a caddie does for the golfer, in part because it benefits both parties. The golfer can learn from a caddy’s experience what he’s learned from watching and assisting other golfers who have played the course, and the caddy benefits from meeting
Sean O’Hair’s win at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open
DD: What would you do if you retired?
Sean O’Hair: I don’t think I’ll ever lose my passion for golf and I hope that I will always be able to play the game without the pressures of earning an income. Golf is expensive and stressful. Unlike most team sports where you get a contract and are paid even if you’re injured, golfers only get paid if they play...and only paid well if they win. If I retired I’d like to teach clinics or be involved in the game in some other way. Golf is my life and it has taken me a long time to become self-aware, know who I am and what’s valuable. If you don’t learn that, you never will gain anything.
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