|— Golfer —|
O'Meara in 2005
|Full name||Mark Francis O'Meara|
January 13, 1957 |
Goldsboro, North Carolina
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)|
|Children||Michelle, Shaun, Aidan Berkman (stepson)|
|College||Long Beach State University|
|Current tour(s)||Champions Tour (joined 2007)|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour (joined 1981)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Japan Golf Tour||2|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||Won: 1998|
|U.S. Open||T3: 1988|
|The Open Championship||Won: 1998|
|PGA Championship||T4: 1998|
|Achievements and awards|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||2015 (member page)|
|PGA Player of the Year||1998|
Player of the Year
Mark Francis O'Meara (born January 13, 1957) is an American professional golfer who was a prolific 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. He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2014 and was inducted in July 2015.
- 1 Early years
- 2 PGA Tour
- 3 Champions Tour
- 4 Professional wins (34)
- 5 Major championships
- 6 Champions Tour major championships
- 7 U.S. national team appearances
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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, and won the U.S. Amateur in 1979, defeating John Cook. 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.
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, which is still a record. 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. 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.
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.
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.
Professional wins (34)
PGA Tour wins (16)
|Major championships (2)|
|Other PGA Tour (14)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||Sep 16, 1984||Greater Milwaukee Open||67-68-69-68=272||−16||5 strokes||Tom Watson|
|2||Feb 3, 1985||Bing Crosby National Pro-Am||70-72-68-73=283||−5||1 stroke|| Kikuo Arai, Larry Rinker,
|3||Feb 10, 1985||Hawaiian Open||67-66-65-69=267||−21||1 stroke||Craig Stadler|
|4||Jan 29, 1989||AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am||66-68-73-70=277||−11||1 stroke||Tom Kite|
|5||Feb 4, 1990||AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am||67-73-69-72=281||−7||2 strokes||Kenny Perry|
|6||Oct 7, 1990||H.E.B. Texas Open||64-68-66-63=261||−19||1 stroke||Gary Hallberg|
|7||Oct 19, 1991||Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic||66-66-71-64=267||−21||1 stroke||David Peoples|
|8||Feb 2, 1992||AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am||69-68-68-70=275||−13||Playoff||Jeff Sluman|
|9||Mar 12, 1995||Honda Classic||68-65-71-71=275||−9||1 stroke||Nick Faldo|
|10||Sep 10, 1995||Bell Canadian Open||72-67-68-67=274||−14||Playoff||Bob Lohr|
|11||Jan 7, 1996||Mercedes Championships||68-69-66-68=271||−17||3 strokes||Nick Faldo, Scott Hoch|
|12||Apr 28, 1996||Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic||75-68-62-69=274||−14||2 strokes||Duffy Waldorf|
|13||Feb 2, 1997||AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am||67-67-67-67=268||−20||1 stroke||David Duval, Tiger Woods|
|14||Feb 9, 1997||Buick Invitational||67-66-71-71=275||−13||2 strokes|| David Ogrin, Donnie Hammond,
Jesper Parnevik, Craig Stadler,
Lee Janzen, Mike Hulbert,
|15||Apr 12, 1998||Masters Tournament||74-70-68-67=279||−9||1 stroke||Fred Couples, David Duval|
|16||Jul 19, 1998||The Open Championship||72-68-72-68=280||E||Playoff||Brian Watts|
PGA Tour playoff record (3–4)
|1||1981||Tallahassee Open||Dave Eichelberger, Bob Murphy||Eichelberger won with birdie on first extra hole|
|2||1983||Phoenix Open|| Rex Caldwell, Bob Gilder,
|Gilder won with birdie on eighth extra hole
Miller and O'Meara eliminated with birdie on second hole
|3||1991||Bob Hope Chrysler Classic||Corey Pavin||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|4||1992||Bob Hope Chrysler Classic|| John Cook, Rick Fehr,
Tom Kite, 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
|5||1992||AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am||Jeff Sluman||Won with par on first extra hole|
|6||1995||Bell Canadian Open||Bob Lohr||Won with par on first extra hole|
|7||1998||The Open Championship||Brian Watts||O'Meara (4-4-5-4=17) defeated Watts (5-4-5-5=19)
in four-hole aggregate playoff
European Tour wins (4)
- 1987 Lawrence Batley International
- 1997 Trophée Lancôme
- 1998 The Open Championship
- 2004 Dubai Desert Classic
Japan Golf Tour wins (2)
Other wins (11)
- 1985 Isuzu Kapalua International (unofficial PGA Tour event)
- 1986 Australian Masters
- 1989 RMCC Invitational (with Curtis Strange)
- 1994 Argentine Open, Fred Meyer Challenge (with John Cook)
- 1998 Cisco World Match Play Championship (Europe – unofficial event), Skins Game (U.S. – unofficial event)
- 1999 World Cup of Golf (with Tiger Woods)
- 2000 Fred Meyer Challenge (with John Cook)
- 2002 Skins Game (U.S. – unofficial event)
- 2007 Champions Challenge (with Mike Reid)
Champions Tour wins (2)
|Champions Tour major championships (1)|
|Other Champions Tour (1)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||Apr 25, 2010||Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf
(with Nick Price)
|62-64-62=188||−28||Playoff||John Cook & Joey Sindelar|
|2||Oct 10, 2010||Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship||68-68-69-68=273||−7||Playoff||Michael Allen|
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1998||Masters Tournament||2 shot deficit||74-70-68-67=279||−9||1 stroke||Fred Couples, David Duval|
|1998||The Open Championship||2 shot deficit||72-68-72-68=280||E||Playoff 1||Brian Watts|
1 Defeated Brian Watts in 4-hole playoff: O'Meara (4-4-5-4=17), Watts (5-4-5-5=19)
|The Open Championship||DNP||T47||DNP||DNP||DNP||T3||T43||T66||27||T42|
|The Open Championship||T48||T3||T12||CUT||DNP||T49||T33||T38||1||CUT|
|The Open Championship||T26||T42||T22||T65||T30||CUT||T63||T60||CUT||T70|
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||DNP||T58||DNP||T78||T63|
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
|The Open Championship||1||0||2||3||3||5||30||24|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 11 (1995 Masters – 1999 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1998 Open Championship – 1998 PGA)
Champions Tour major championships
|Year||Championship||Winning score||To par||Margin||Runner-up|
|2010||Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship||68-68-69-68=273||−7||Playoff1||Michael Allen|
1Defeated Allen in a sudden-death playoff.
Senior results timeline
Results not in chronological order before 2016.
|Senior PGA Championship||T12||T24||T14||4||T18||DNP||4||DNP||T45||T14|
|Senior Players Championship||T31||T32||T9||1||5||DNP||T39||T6||WD||T36|
|Senior British Open Championship||T2||T34||T25||DNP||T39||DNP||T26||DNP||WD||T18|
|U.S. Senior Open||T11||CUT||T6||CUT||2||DNP||19||T38||WD||CUT|
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Green background for a win. Yellow background for top-10.
U.S. national team appearances
- Alfred Dunhill Cup: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1996 (winners), 1997, 1998, 1999
- Ryder Cup: 1985, 1989 (tie), 1991 (winners), 1997, 1999 (winners)
- Nissan Cup: 1985 (winners)
- Presidents Cup: 1996 (winners), 1998
- World Cup: 1999 (winners)
- "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
- McAllister, Mike (October 15, 2014). "Class of 2015 Hall of Famers receive surprise calls". PGA Tour.
- Foster, Chris (March 9, 2007). "O'Meara Comes Home For Toshiba Classic". Long Beach State.com. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007.
- Zullo, Allan (2001). Astonishing but True Golf Facts. Forest Fairview, North Carolina: Andrew McMeels Publishing. ISBN 978-0740714269.
- An Interview with: Mark O'Meara Archived October 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- "O'Meara withdraws from Masters before 1st round". April 5, 2012. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
- "Former champ Mark O'Meara to miss British Open". July 10, 2012.[dead link]
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