Past champion O'Hair (66) in early Valspar mix


Sean O'Hair has re-emerged on a golf course he's previously conquered.

O'Hair turned in a 5-under 66 Thursday on Innisbrook's Copperhead Course, putting him in the early mix at the Valspar Championship.

After starting on the back and going out in 3 under, O'Hair's front-nine scorecard featured plenty of color, with five birdies, two bogeys and just two pars.

"It was a fun day," he told reporters. "There were a few mud balls out there ... but I was able to get it fairly close to the hole, and I made a lot of putts. Solid day all around."

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A four-time PGA Tour winner and one-time prodigy, O'Hair hasn't won on Tour since the 2011 Canadian Open, posting just three top-10s since.

The last two seasons were a particular struggle for the 32-year-old veteran, who made only 24 of 47 cuts. He's back on Tour in 2014-15 after finishing 134th on the money list last season and being relegated to the Tour Finals.

Six years ago, O'Hair peaked at 13th in the Official World Golf Ranking; he enters this week 401st. Still, he's got plenty of experience to draw on, including his win at this event in 2008.

"I've always liked the golf course," he said. "I think that's where the confidence comes from. Results in the past, you know, I've won at this place, but I've also missed the cut quite a few times, too. It's just one of those courses where, if you're not on your game, you're going to have a tough week.

"Coming in here, I'm confident knowing what I need to do, it's just a matter of getting there."