Mark O'Meara

Mark O’Meara did not win any of his first 57 majors. He then won two out of the next three. After victory in the 1998 Masters, O’Meara also won The Open at Royal Birkdale to become, at the age of 41, the oldest winner of multiple majors in the same year.

 

  • He witnessed his son Shaun make a hole-in-one in 2014

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Mark O’Meara did not win any of his first 57 majors. He then won two out of the next three. After victory in the 1998 Masters, O’Meara also won The Open at Royal Birkdale to become, at the age of 41, the oldest winner of multiple majors in the same year.

His late surge, after 17 years as a professional, was doubtless sparked by practising alongside a new neighbour at Isleworth in Orlando.

He had taken under his wing the game’s hottest new star, Tiger Woods, and playing with his young protege, winner of the 1997 Masters by no less than 12 strokes, had had a beneficial effect on the older man’s game.

“Tiger’s rejuvenated me,” O’Meara said. “He has been a driving force. I look at Tiger’s talent and his technique and his swing and I think he is a better player than I am. That motivated me. He keeps telling my friends, ‘You know Mark can really play and he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.”

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O’Meara birdied the last two holes to win at Augusta and then beat Brian Watts in a play-off at Birkdale, where Woods had finished one stroke behind.

The pair returned to Britain later in the year when O’Meara beat Tiger in the final of the World Match Play at Wentworth. He reached No 2 in the world and was a five-time Ryder Cup player.

At the 2013 Open at Muirfield, O’Meara, then 56, was lying second after the first round and said: “I take tremendous pride in the fact that’s I’ve won The Open, because it is the Championship. Links golf is a little different.

“It is not about power, it is about creativity, shot process, thinking about where you need to land the ball. Links golf is so much more enjoyable and what golf should be like.”

Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Royal Birkdale 2017
M/C
81
70
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Troon 2016
T63
71
72
78
73
294
10
St Andrews 2015
T78
72
72
71
74
289
1
Muirfield 2013
T58
67
78
77
74
296
12
Royal St George's 2011
M/C
76
76
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 2010
M/C
69
78
-
-
-
M/C
Turnberry 2009
T70
67
77
77
74
295
-
Royal Birkdale 2008
M/C
74
77
-
-
-
M/C
Carnoustie 2007
60
74
72
76
74
296
-
Royal Liverpool 2006
63
71
70
77
73
291
-
St Andrews 2005
M/C
71
75
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Troon 2004
30
71
74
68
75
288
-
Royal St George's 2003
65
73
77
77
71
298
-
Muirfield 2002
22
69
69
77
68
283
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 2001
42
70
69
72
76
287
-
St Andrews 2000
26
70
73
69
71
283
-
Carnoustie 1999
M/C
83
74
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Birkdale 1998
1
72
68
72
68
280
-
Royal Troon 1997
38
73
73
74
68
288
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1996
33
67
69
72
75
283
-
St Andrews 1995
49
72
72
75
73
292
-
Royal St George's 1993
M/C
71
76
-
-
-
M/C
Muirfield 1992
12
71
68
72
69
280
-
Royal Birkdale 1991
3
71
68
67
69
275
-
St Andrews 1990
48
70
69
73
74
286
-
Royal Troon 1989
42
72
74
69
73
288
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1988
27
75
69
75
70
289
-
Muirfield 1987
66
73
72
82
73
300
-
Turnberry 1986
43
80
69
74
74
297
-
Royal St George's 1985
3
70
72
70
72
284
-
Royal St George's 1981
47
74
73
73
75
295
-

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