Mark O'Meara

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Mark O'Meara
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O'Meara in 2005
Personal information
Full nameMark Francis O'Meara
Born (1957-01-13) January 13, 1957 (age 63)
Goldsboro, North Carolina
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
NationalityFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Residence Southern Highlands, Nevada [1]
Spouse
Alicia Lauria O'Meara
(m. 19802009)

Meredith O'Meara
ChildrenMichelle, Shaun, Aidan Berkman (stepson)
Career
College Long Beach State University
Turned professional1980
Current tour(s) PGA Tour Champions (joined 2007)
Former tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 1981)
Professional wins34
Highest ranking 2 (September 6, 1998) [2]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour16
European Tour5
Japan Golf Tour2
PGA Tour of Australasia1
PGA Tour Champions3
Other10
Best results in major championships
(wins: 2)
Masters Tournament Won: 1998
PGA Championship T4: 1998
U.S. Open T3: 1988
The Open Championship Won: 1998
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2015 (member page)
PGA Player of the Year 1998
PGA Tour
Player of the Year
1998

Mark Francis O'Meara (born January 13, 1957) is an American professional golfer. He was a tournament winner on the PGA Tour and around the world from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s. He spent nearly 200 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking from their debut in 1986 to 2000. [3] He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2015. [4]

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Early years

O'Meara was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, but grew up in southern California in Mission Viejo. He took up golf at age 13, sneaking on to the nearby Mission Viejo Country Club. O'Meara later became an employee of the club and played on his high school golf team. He was an All-American at Long Beach State, [5] and won the U.S. Amateur in 1979, defeating defending champion John Cook 8 & 7 in the final. [6] [7] [8] [9] He also won the California State Amateur Championship that year.

O'Meara was a former resident of Orlando, Florida and lived in the same neighborhood as Tiger Woods. The two became good friends and frequently golfed together during this time. O'Meara now resides in Houston, Texas.

Professional career

After graduating with a degree in marketing in 1980, O'Meara turned professional and would win 16 events on the PGA Tour, beginning with the Greater Milwaukee Open in 1984. He won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am five times, but he passed his 41st birthday in January 1998 without having won a major championship as a professional.

In a late finale to his PGA Tour winning career, O'Meara won two majors in 1998, The Masters and the British Open. O'Meara's victory in The Masters came at his 15th attempt. O'Meara attributed this resurgence partly to the inspiration of working with Tiger Woods, the new superstar of the game at the time, with whom O'Meara had become good friends. [10] In the same year, he won the Cisco World Match Play Championship and reached a career best of second in the Official World Golf Ranking.

O'Meara is known for competing outside the United States more often than most leading American golfers, and has won tournaments in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. A man with a genial demeanor, he is one of the most popular figures in international golf. In the new millennium his form took a downturn and he began to struggle with injuries, but in 2004 he won an official tour event for the first time since 1998, taking the Dubai Desert Classic title, which despite being played in the Middle East is a European Tour event.

After the European Tour tournament Lancome Trophy at Golf de Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche, 30 km west of Paris, France in September 1997, which was won by O'Meara, he was involved in a controversy. Runner-up was Jarmo Sandelin of Sweden. A television viewer in Sweden observed that, on the 15th green in the final round, O'Meara, facing a two and a half foot putt, had replaced his ball half an inch closer to the hole than had been indicated by his marker. Sandelin wrote to O'Meara in March 1998, sent a video recording of the incident and asked for an explanation. O'Meara insisted he had not intended to gain any advantage and sought advice from the PGA and European Tours, who informed him that the tournament was over and the result stood. Sandelin went public with the story and demanded that O'Meara should hand back the trophy and the prize money. [11] O'Meara admitted in April 1998, he may, without intention, have broken the rules of golf on his way to winning the 1997 Lancome Trophy. [12]

Champions Tour

In 2007, O'Meara began play on the Champions Tour; he had many top-10 finishes in his first three seasons including several runner-up finishes, but no wins. In 2010, he broke through with a win in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf with Nick Price, followed by his first senior major victory in the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. O'Meara was sidelined by a rib injury for several months starting in April 2012; he missed the majors on both tours and did not compete until August. [13] [14]

O'Meara has begun to develop a golf course design practice and enjoys fishing in his off time. He is currently a brand ambassador for Pacific Links International.

In March 2019, O'Meara won the Cologuard Classic in Tucson, Arizona. He shot a final round seven-under 66, to win by four shots. This win ended an eight-year win drought on the PGA Tour Champions.

Amateur wins

Professional wins (34)

PGA Tour wins (16)

Legend
Major championships (2)
Other PGA Tour (14)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Sep 16, 1984 Greater Milwaukee Open 67-68-69-68=272−165 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Tom Watson
2Feb 3, 1985 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am 70-72-68-73=283−51 stroke Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Kikuo Arai, Flag of the United States.svg Larry Rinker,
Flag of the United States.svg Curtis Strange
3Feb 10, 1985 Hawaiian Open 67-66-65-69=267−211 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Craig Stadler
4Jan 29, 1989 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (2)66-68-73-70=277−111 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Tom Kite
5Feb 4, 1990 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (3)67-73-69-72=281−72 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Kenny Perry
6Oct 7, 1990 H.E.B. Texas Open 64-68-66-63=261−191 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Gary Hallberg
7Oct 19, 1991 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic 66-66-71-64=267−211 stroke Flag of the United States.svg David Peoples
8Feb 2, 1992 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (4)69-68-68-70=275−13Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Jeff Sluman
9Mar 12, 1995 Honda Classic 68-65-71-71=275−91 stroke Flag of England.svg Nick Faldo
10Sep 10, 1995 Bell Canadian Open 72-67-68-67=274−14Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Bob Lohr
11Jan 7, 1996 Mercedes Championships 68-69-66-68=271−173 strokes Flag of England.svg Nick Faldo, Flag of the United States.svg Scott Hoch
12Apr 28, 1996 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic 75-68-62-69=274−142 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Duffy Waldorf
13Feb 2, 1997 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (5)67-67-67-67=268−201 stroke Flag of the United States.svg David Duval, Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Woods
14Feb 9, 1997 Buick Invitational 67-66-71-71=275−132 strokes Flag of the United States.svg David Ogrin, Flag of the United States.svg Donnie Hammond,
Flag of Sweden.svg Jesper Parnevik, Flag of the United States.svg Craig Stadler,
Flag of the United States.svg Lee Janzen, Flag of the United States.svg Mike Hulbert,
Flag of the United States.svg Duffy Waldorf
15Apr 12, 1998 Masters Tournament 74-70-68-67=279−91 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Fred Couples, Flag of the United States.svg David Duval
16Jul 19, 1998 The Open Championship 72-68-72-68=280EPlayoff Flag of the United States.svg Brian Watts

PGA Tour playoff record (3–4)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
1 1981 Tallahassee Open Flag of the United States.svg Dave Eichelberger, Flag of the United States.svg Bob Murphy Eichelberger won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1983 Phoenix Open Flag of the United States.svg Rex Caldwell, Flag of the United States.svg Bob Gilder,
Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Miller
Gilder won with birdie on eighth extra hole
Miller and O'Meara eliminated with birdie on second hole
3 1991 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic Flag of the United States.svg Corey Pavin Lost to birdie on first extra hole
4 1992 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic Flag of the United States.svg John Cook, Flag of the United States.svg Rick Fehr,
Flag of the United States.svg Tom Kite, Flag of the United States.svg Gene Sauers
Cook won with eagle on fourth extra hole
Fehr eliminated with birdie on second hole
Kite and O'Meara eliminated with birdie on first hole
51992 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Flag of the United States.svg Jeff Sluman Won with par on first extra hole
6 1995 Bell Canadian Open Flag of the United States.svg Bob Lohr Won with par on first extra hole
7 1998 The Open Championship Flag of the United States.svg Brian Watts Won four-hole aggregate playoff;
O'Meara: −1 (4-4-5-4=17),
Watts: +1 (5-4-5-5=19)

European Tour wins (5)

Legend
Major championships (2)
Other European Tour (3)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Aug 23, 1987 Lawrence Batley International 71-64-70-66=271−173 strokes Flag of England.svg Carl Mason
2Sep 14, 1997 Trophée Lancôme 69-67-66-69=271−131 stroke Flag of Sweden.svg Jarmo Sandelin
3Apr 12, 1998 Masters Tournament 74-70-68-67=279−91 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Fred Couples, Flag of the United States.svg David Duval
4Jul 19, 1998 The Open Championship 72-68-72-68=280EPlayoff Flag of the United States.svg Brian Watts
5Mar 7, 2004 Dubai Desert Classic 70-64-68-69=271−171 stroke Flag of Ireland.svg Paul McGinley

European Tour playoff record (1–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
1 1998 The Open Championship Flag of the United States.svg Brian Watts Won four-hole aggregate playoff;
O'Meara: −1 (4-4-5-4=17),
Watts: +1 (5-4-5-5=19)

Japan Golf Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner-up
1May 12, 1985 Fujisankei Classic 67-67-66-73=273−113 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masashi Ozaki
2Oct 4, 1992 Tokai Classic 66-68-72-71=277−111 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Tom Kite

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner-up
1Feb 23, 1986 Australian Masters 74-66-71-73=284−81 stroke Flag of Australia (converted).svg David Graham

South American Tour wins (1)

Other wins (9)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Nov 16, 1985 Isuzu Kapalua International 67-70-70-68=275−13Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Corey Pavin
2Nov 19, 1989 RMCC Invitational
(with Flag of the United States.svg Curtis Strange)
66-62-62=190−266 strokes Flag of Germany.svg Bernhard Langer and Flag of the United States.svg John Mahaffey,
Flag of the United States.svg Lanny Wadkins and Flag of the United States.svg Tom Weiskopf
3Aug 23, 1994 Fred Meyer Challenge
(with Flag of the United States.svg John Cook)
63-62=125−17Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Ben Crenshaw and Flag of the United States.svg Phil Mickelson
4Oct 18, 1998 Cisco World Match Play Championship 1 up Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Woods
5Nov 29, 1998 Skins Game $430,000$10,000 Flag of the United States.svg Tom Lehman
6Nov 21, 1999 World Cup of Golf
(with Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Woods)
140-133-130-142=545−235 strokesFlag of Spain.svg  SpainSantiago Luna and Miguel Ángel Martín
7Aug 8, 2000 Fred Meyer Challenge (2)
(with Flag of the United States.svg John Cook)
64-61=125−19Playoff Flag of South Africa.svg David Frost and Flag of the United States.svg Jim Furyk
8Dec 1, 2002 Skins Game (2)$405,000$105,000 Flag of the United States.svg Phil Mickelson
9Aug 21, 2007 Champions Challenge
(with Flag of the United States.svg Mike Reid)
55−162 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Todd Miller and Flag of the United States.svg Daniel Summerhays

Other playoff record (3–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11985 Isuzu Kapalua International Flag of the United States.svg Corey Pavin Won with birdie on third extra hole
21994 Fred Meyer Challenge
(with Flag of the United States.svg John Cook)
Flag of the United States.svg Ben Crenshaw and Flag of the United States.svg Phil Mickelson Won with par on second extra hole
32000 Fred Meyer Challenge
(with Flag of the United States.svg John Cook)
Flag of South Africa.svg David Frost and Flag of the United States.svg Jim Furyk Won with birdie on first extra hole

PGA Tour Champions wins (3)

Legend
PGA Tour Champions major championships (1)
Other Champions Tour (2)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Apr 25, 2010 Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf
(with Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Nick Price)
62-64-62=188−28Playoff Flag of the United States.svg John Cook and Flag of the United States.svg Joey Sindelar
2Oct 10, 2010 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship 68-68-69-68=273−7Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Michael Allen
3Mar 3, 2019 Cologuard Classic 66-70-66=202−174 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Willie Wood, Ulster Banner.svg Darren Clarke,
Flag of the United States.svg Kirk Triplett, Flag of the United States.svg Scott McCarron

PGA Tour Champions playoff record (2–2)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
1 2010 Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf
(with Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Nick Price)
Flag of the United States.svg John Cook and Flag of the United States.svg Joey Sindelar Won with par on second extra hole
22010 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship Flag of the United States.svg Michael Allen Won with par on first extra hole
3 2011 Songdo IBD Championship Flag of the United States.svg Jay Don Blake, Flag of the United States.svg John Cook,
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Peter Senior
Blake won with birdie on fifth extra hole
O'Meara and Senior eliminated with par on third hole
4 2012 Boeing Classic Flag of the United States.svg Jay Don Blake Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Major championships

Wins (2)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreTo parMarginRunner(s)-up
1998 Masters Tournament 2 shot deficit74-70-68-67=279−91 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Fred Couples, Flag of the United States.svg David Duval
1998 The Open Championship 2 shot deficit72-68-72-68=280EPlayoff1 Flag of the United States.svg Brian Watts

1Defeated Brian Watts in 4-hole playoff: O'Meara (4-4-5-4=17), Watts (5-4-5-5=19)

Results timeline

Tournament1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
Masters Tournament CUT2448T24T39T11
U.S. Open CUTCUT58T7T15T41CUTT3CUT
The Open Championship T47T3T43T6627T42
PGA Championship T70CUTT25T28CUTCUTT9CUT
Tournament1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
Masters Tournament CUTT27T4T21T15T31T18T30 1 T31
U.S. Open CUTCUTCUTCUTCUTT16T36T32CUT
The Open Championship T48T3T12CUTT49T33T38 1 CUT
PGA Championship T19CUTCUTCUTT6T26T13T4T57
Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Masters Tournament CUTT20CUTT8T27T31CUTCUTCUTCUT
U.S. Open T51CUTT18T35CUT
The Open Championship T26T42T22T65T30CUTT63T60CUTT70
PGA Championship T46T22CUTCUTCUT
Tournament201020112012201320142015201620172018
Masters Tournament CUTCUTCUTCUTT22CUTCUTCUT
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUTCUTT58T78T63CUT
PGA Championship
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 10023113419
U.S. Open 0011252311
The Open Championship 1023353124
PGA Championship 0001372212
Totals2037112811066

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament1981198219831984198519861987198819891990199119921993199419951996199719981999
The Players Championship T26T77T49T5T17T333CUTCUTWDCUTT95CUTCUTT29T70T42T6
Tournament200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011
The Players Championship T9CUTCUTCUT74
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament199920002001200220032004
Match Play R64R32
Championship NT1
Invitational T25T27T72

1Cancelled due to 9/11

  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
WD = Withdrew
NT = No tournament

Senior major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionshipWinning scoreTo parMarginRunner-up
2010 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship 68-68-69-68=273−7Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Michael Allen

Senior results timeline

Results not in chronological order before 2017.

Tournament20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
The Tradition T14T31T11T38T12T36T35T38T17T40T13NT
Senior PGA Championship T12T24T144T184T45T14T46T38NT
U.S. Senior Open T11CUTT6CUT219T38WDCUTCUTCUTT38NT
Senior Players Championship T31T32T915T39T6WDT3670T72WD66
Senior British Open Championship T2T34T25T39T26WDT18NT
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

U.S. national team appearances

Professional

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