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iSeekGolf Podcast Episode 37: Nick O'Hern

Nick O’Hern could be considered one of the quiet achievers of Australian golf but there is little doubting that he is definitely an achiever.

Despite winning only twice in his professional career there have been many notable moments including a place on two Presidents Cup sides and three World Cup teams.

O'Hern amassed more than US$7.5 million in PGA Tour earnings, 3rd place finishes at the Houston Open and Travelers Championship and a 6th place finish behind winner Geoff Ogilvy at the 2006 US Open.

The Western Australian has had seven runner-up finishes on the European Tour, won the Australian PGA Championship in 2006 and has two runner-up finishes at the Australian Open.

So despite his lack of wins, his playing career has been a tremendous success to date and two ‘David and Goliath’ victories over Tiger Woods at the WGC-Match Play certainly played a role in lifting the profile of O’Hern.

In 2007, O’Hern reached a career high of 16 in the World Ranking and was inside the top 50 for a period of more than three years between 2004 and 2008.  

These days O’Hern spends his time in Orlando where he is focusing much of his attention on the development and mentoring of players, his simplistic approach to the mental side of the game now being sought after by fellow professionals, colleges in the US, a growing corporate market and just your everyday golfer. 

O'Hern seldom competes in professional events these days but is still a player good enough to have made the cut at the recent Emirates Australian Open.

His game was one built around strategy. He could never overpower a golf course but would often out-think one and he has managed to capture much of this thoughtful approach to the game in a self-written book. 

Tour Mentality – Inside the Mind of a Tour Pro caught the eye of emerging Australian professional Jordan Zunic who was at the time struggling with self confidence after what had been a brilliant start to his professional career nearly three years earlier.

Zunic’s partner Olivia reached out to O’Hern after reading the book and Zunic and O’Hern met up during the recent Australian Open and PGA Championships.

In our podcast chat with Nick we discuss the impact he had on Zunic, who would go on to lose a playoff at the Australian PGA Championship, reversing a recent trend that had caused him to spiral into a dark place in terms of his confidence.

We also talk about many of O’Hern’s own exploits as a golfer including a light-hearted look at how he twice beat Tiger Woods in match play.


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