The Loop

Ever Heard Of A 'Seagoer' Putt?

August 09, 2007

TULSA, Okla. -- Arron Oberholser is playing with a broken bone in his left hand and still shot 68 Thursday.

"I want to rest, man," he said. "I feel good right now. But I never know when this fractured hamate bone is going to creep up and start bugging me again. It's behaved itself for the most part this week. But I haven't really prepared or practiced like I normally would going into this week. That's a good thing for me.

"When I fractured it, I didn't know how I fractured it. So I played for about three months without knowing that I actually had a fractured bone in my hand. And when I found out, it would ache at times. Obviously I've developed tendonitis in both elbows because of it, compensation in one arm because of the lack of strength in the other.

I just need to rest it. And as soon as I get -- as soon as the year is over or as soon as my FedExCup run is over, then I'll be able to sit down for three weeks, which is what the doctor says and not do a thing and rest it. But I just never know when it's going to creep up and start aching again. That's the thing. The more golf I play, the more it tends to ache."

He also described a 50-foot birdie putt that he made at No. 2 as a "seagoer." Apparently, that threw some writers for a loop. In his post-round news conference, Oberholser was asked to explain.

"Seagoer? You never heard of that? You have to hang around a golf club," Oberhosler said.

Asked if it was a West Coast term -- which it surely isn't -- he replied, "I don't know if it's West Coast. Hang around the Munis, hear people talk about seagoers."

-- Mark Soltau