SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) — Australia's Nick O'Hern had to choose between baseball and golf as profession. This weekend he's able to get his fill of both.
O'Hern shot a career-best 9-under 62 on Thursday in rainy conditions to take a three-stroke lead over European Ryder Cup player Nicolas Colsaerts, Jhonattan Vegas and Derek Ernst in the Frys.com Open.
O'Hern had eight birdies in an 11-hole stretch and capped the bogey-free round with a birdie on the par-5 ninth hole at CordeValle Golf Club.
He made it, as a fan, to Oakland's 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night after playing golf at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
"I'm just doing it all this week," O'Hern said. "It's a lot of fun. I've never been to a playoff baseball game before and it was quite an experience. I was in my golf clothes. All that green and yellow and I had a pink shirt on."
Colsaerts is trying to earn a PGA Tour card. As a special temporary member, he needs to finish the equivalent of 125th on the money list to earn a full 2013 card. The Belgian player has earned $652,886, enough now for the 120th spot.
"Obviously, it is a little more difficult to keep playing in the rain," Colsaerts said. "The greens got a bit softer as well, and pace-wise on the greens it's not the same thing. So you got to search for the things that the rain just changes the course a little. But I felt like I'm kind of used to playing in this kind of stuff. I know you guys over here don't really like it that much. I thought it was actually the perfect time just to press on and make sure I get a good score in."
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