O’Hair claims Quail Hollow Championship

Charlotte: Sean O’Hair survived a bogey-bogey finish to win the Quail Hollow Championship, carding a three-under 69 for a one-stroke victory in the $6.4 million tournament on Sunday.

Apart from his bogeys on the tough last two holes, O’Hair coped admirably with windy weather and firm course conditions, finishing with an 11-under total of 277. He was the only player among the last 18 to tee off on Sunday to break 70. The American birdied 15 with two putts from 70 feet, then sank an eight-foot birdie putt at the 16th and was keeping warm for a possible playoff only to have compatriot Lucas Glover fail to make the birdie he needed at the last to force sudden-death. Glover carded a 71 to finish a shot back on 278 alongside Bubba Watson, who closed with a 70. Woods finished with 10 straight pars for a 72 that left him alone in fourth place on 279.

O’Hair’s third career title came five weeks after Woods snatched the Arnold Palmer Invitational title from him at Bay Hill. O’Hair had led Woods by five at Bay Hill, and lost by one stroke when the superstar birdied the final hole. Glover was hurt by a missed five-footer at 15.

Both O’Hair and Glover bogeyed 17, and O’Hair let himself in for some nerve-wracking minutes after he three-putted 18. But Glover, playing behind O’Hair in the final group, bounced his approach over the green and his chip for birdie was short. Former Masters champion Zach Johnson started the day with a two-shot lead, but was undone by a triple-bogey at the par-three second.