OHairs Father Releases Him from Contracts

By Golf Channel NewsroomJuly 27, 2005, 4:00 pm
The saga of Sean OHair and his father, Marc, has added another chapter. A fax from the elder O'Hair Wednesday said that he was releasing his son from financial contracts entered years ago.
 
Even though Sean must sooner or later assume responsibilities for his own actions, I will bail him out of another one of his problems by releasing him from liability concerning the contracts he is free he owes me nothing, Marc OHair said in his statement. (See full statement)
 
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Sean O'Hair has already earned almost $2 million in his rookie year on the PGA Tour.
Sean, 23, signed his first contract with his father when he was 17, agreeing to give him 10 percent of his earnings as a professional for life. He signed another one when he was 20, according to his father.
 
OHair has earned over $1.8 million in his rookie season on the PGA Tour, which includes a victory in the John Deere Classic.
 
OHair, who qualified for the tour through Q-school last year, turned professional at 17 at the insistence of his father, prior to completing high school. His father sold his business and reportedly invested $2 million in his sons professional future.
 
I was in business 20-plus years and I know how to make a profit,' he told 60 Minutes II in 2002. You've got the same old thing: it's material, labor and overhead. He's pretty good labor.
 
The two toured the country playing mini-tour events, with the father pushing his son relentlessly.
 
Sean began every day at 5 a.m., running and lifting weights. He was forced to run a mile for every stroke he finished a round over par. Fellow players remembered Marc verbally abusing his son on and off the course.
 
The two parted ways in 2002. They havent spoken since Seans wedding to Jackie Lucas in December of that year. The two had their first child, daughter Molly, in February of this year.
 
Sean has been a popular figure this season on tour. His story has been told and retold countless times. Wednesdays statement was Marcs first public response to the criticism he has faced.
 
Because I love Sean, I put a long-term plan together and financed it producing one of the best young players in the world. I demanded long hours and a commitment to excellence that I do not regret, the fax said.
 
In those stale years from the fall of 99 thru the fall of 02, Seans game went into seclusion as a result of being bitterly frustrated because he was stuck between adolescence and young adulthood.
 
As a rookie parent, I didnt recognize the problem and we had a very painful split. It wasnt until after Seans marriage that I realized that he simply needed his independence from me and wanted his own space with his woman to spread his eagle wings and fly. But Sean and his wife, in almost a vindictive tantrum, began a media assault a couple of years ago that has branded me forever. I wish Sean had just given me a call to tell me how bitter he was and why he was so bitter instead of unfairly bashing me in the press. There were so many twisted truths and outright lies told about me in the media.
 
I would have responded to the media blitzes in the past but didnt at my wife Brendas request.
 
Marc O'Hair confirmed that he sent the fax via another fax. 'I wanted to get this fax out before the Buick begins (Thursday),' said the message. 'Maybe I'll get lucky and be left alone to watch Sean.'
 
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