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Tiger Woods is always willing to lend a helping hand

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Sometimes it pays to have friends in high places. We all know Tiger Woods is fairly friendly with most of the guys on tour; but there’s a small group of guys who seem to be on the inside of the ropes when it comes to being buddies with Woods.

Case in point: Sean O’Hair getting lessons from Woods prior to yesterday’s first round of the Tour Championship. Not only did Tiger give O’Hair a tip; he gave him one that could potentially lead to O’Hair hoisting the FedEx Cup trophy at the end of the week and walking away with the $10 million bonus for winning the event.

While playing together in a practice round earlier in the week, Woods noticed O’Hair wasn’t giving his flat stick the proper takeaway, which was leading to a delofted putter. So instead of keeping the problem to himself, Woods did what any friend would do: he gave his buddy a tip.

“It’s very simple; you always help your friends,” Woods said after yesterday’s first round. “Sean is a friend of mine, and like all my friends, you always try to make their life better somehow. That’s the whole idea of having friends in your life. Sean has been struggling a little bit on the greens this year, and I thought I could offer a little bit of help and insight to how he could change that.”

The “change” apparently worked, as O’Hair fired a 4-under 66 to take the first round lead over — you guessed it — among others, Tiger Woods.

O’Hair said he was grateful for the tip — especially given his recent putting woes that included ranking 159th on the PGA Tour in putts per round and 116th in putting average. And to think, all it took was a tip from the best player on the planet.

Sometimes it pays to be best friends with the game’s best player.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

09/25/2009 at 2:18 pm

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