Jordans project now Mickelsons


SAN FRANCISCO – Michael Jordan’s project got off to a shaky start.

“My biggest project right now, my biggest focus, is Sean O’Hair,” the NBA Hall of Famer and honorary assistant captain said before the event began. “I feel like I can contribute from the mental aspect to help him battle some of the weaknesses he may have.”

O'Hair didn't just lose his first two matches. He never led a single hole in them.

The fact that Jordan picked out O'Hair as a guy he thought needed special attention probably didn't help O'Hair's confidence. Nor did it likely help O’Hair’s confidence that Jordan took all that money off him in practice rounds.

“He’s such a great player, and he presents some doubt to himself,” Jordan said early in the week. “As an athlete, you should always have 100 percent confidence in what you’re capable of doing.”

O’Hair, though, might have found the lift he needed standing beside him before Saturday morning’s foursome match. His pairing with Phil Mickelson is paying quick dividends. O’Hair’s first lead in this Presidents Cup came on the fifth hole with Mickelson as his partner. The American duo went 1 up there against Camilo Villegas and Retief Goosen. O’Hair put them 2 up chipping in at the ninth hole.

There’s still a ways to go, but Friday night you wondered if O’Hair would leave the Presidents Cup with less confidence than when he arrived. Certainly, he’s going to leave with less money after giving too many shots to Jordan in their practice round matches.