Mark OMeara cannot wait to return to Royal Birkdale
1998 Champion Golfer of the Year cannot wait to return to Royal Birkdale for this year’s Open
Mark O’Meara admits he cannot wait to get back on the course at Royal Birkdale this year.
The American star won the Claret Jug at the Southport venue in 1998 - one of two majors he has claimed in his career.
And O’Meara is relishing the opportunity to return to the scene of his greatest triumph. Speaking exclusively to TheOpen.com, he said: “When you come back to a place where you’ve had some fond memories - and I’ve had quite a few at Royal Birkdale - it makes it even more special.
“Having The Open back at Royal Birkdale is going to be really cool. I always dreamed of winning The Open as a young man.
“The chance to hoist the Claret Jug and be the Champion Golfer of the Year - all those things come into play when you come and play in this great championship.If I only had one major, this would’ve been the one that I’d have wanted.”
O’Meara added: “I believe that golf was meant to be played links style - that’s the way it was designed to be played, that’s the way it all started.
“The creativity factor and the elements - those are all things that make it even more special. One minute you can be playing in benign conditions and the next very difficult conditions but I always liked the creativity part of it, where you had to create shots. You might hit a 6 iron 92 yards on one hole and then next you’re hitting an 8 iron 210 yards. There’s really nowhere else in the world that you can do that.”
Watch our full interview with Mark O’Meara in the video player below.