Who's who in golf - Mark O'Meara


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Name: - Mark Francis O'Meara
Country: - USA
Born : - January 13th, 1957 in Goldsboro, Wayne County, North Carolina.
Original Home/Club: - Mission Viejo CC, California.
Occupation: - Professional golfer; golf course designer.
Turned Pro: - 1980
Web Address: - http://www.markomearadesign.com

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (2): The Open (1998); Masters Tournament (1998). SENIOR MAJORS (1): Snr Players Ch'ship (2010). US Amateur champion (1979). Ryder Cup player (1985, '89, '91, '97, '99). Presidents Cup player (1996, '98). Multiple wins on the US PGA (16), European (4), Japan (2), Champions and other international tours. World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2015).


Golf course design

O'Meara's best known work includes, but is not limited to: O'Meara course, Muskoka Grandview Resort, Ontario (2001, with Brit Stenson); O'Meara course, Carton House, nr Dublin, Ireland (2002, with Tim Lobb); Talisker GC, Tuhaye, Utah (2006).


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Although born in North Carolina, O'Meara grew up in southern California. From the mid-1980s through the late 1990s he applied his solid shot-making and great consistency to become one of the most prolific winners in the USA and around the world. O'Meara is one of only a few players to win on every continent where golf is played.

O'Meara enjoyed an excellent high school and college golf career. An early indication of his golfing prowess came at the US Amateur Championship in 1979, where he overwhelmed John Cook 8 & 7 in the 36-hole final.

After completing his degree in marketing, O'Meara turned professional in 1980. From 1984 he steadily accumulated an impressive array of PGA Tour wins, as well as victories in Britain, France, Japan, Australia, UAE and Argentina. In 1998, as a 41-year-old, O'Meara recorded his two major championship wins; the first at The Masters, the second just three months later in The Open at Royal Birkdale. O'Meara partly attributes his excellent form in the late-1990s to the friendship he struck up with Tiger Woods, the game's new sensation at that time.

O'Meara now plays most of his golf on the senior tours, and also has a golf course design business. Fishing and family also command much of his time.


Top tournaments won by Mark O'Meara

2010Snr AmericaLegends of Golf (US)Savannah Harbor188 (-10)$230,000
Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (two-man better-ball team event). Nick Price (Zim) & Mark O'Meara (USA) beat John Cook (USA) & Joey Sindelar (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole. O'Meara recorded his first Champions Tour win since joining the tour in 2007. [Savannah Harbor Resort, Savannah, GA].
2010Snr MajorsSnr Players Ch'shipTPC Potomac273 (-7)$405,000
Played as the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. O'Meara (USA) beat Michael Allen (USA) at the first playoff hole to win his first Champions Tour event and first senior major title. [TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, nr Washington DC].
2004Men EuropeDubai Desert ClassicEmirates GC271 (-17)€268,000
Played as the Dubai Desert Classic (European Tr event). Second-placed Paul McGinley (Ire) finished one shot behind O'Meara (USA). This was O'Meara's first win since the 1998 Open Championship. [Majlis course, Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE].
2002Men AmericaSkins Game (PGA Tr)Terra Lago8 skins$405,000
Played as the Skins Game (four-man PGA Tour unofficial money event). O'Meara (USA) won with a total of 8 skins worth $405,000. Second: Phil Mickelson (USA) 3 skins worth $300,000. Third: Fred Couples (USA) 3 skins worth $170,000. Fourth: Tiger Woods (USA) 4 skins worth £125,000. [North course, GC at Terra Lago, Indio, California; at the time known as Landmark GC].
1998Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA of Amxn/a
O'Meara (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).
1998Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA Trxn/a
O'Meara (USA) won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the PGA Tour Player of the Year, based on the votes of his peers.
1998Men AmericaSkins Game (PGA Tr)Rancho La Quinta CC8 skins$430,000
Played as the Skins Game (four-man PGA Tr unofficial money event). O'Meara (USA) won with a total of 8 skins worth $430,000. Second: Tom Lehman (USA) 7 skins worth $420,000. Third: Fred Couples (USA) 3 skins worth $150,000. Greg Norman (Aus) was shut out with no skins. [Rancho La Quinta CC, Coachella Valley, California].
1998Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National279 (-9)$576,000
The Masters Tournament (62nd). Second-placed David Duval (USA) and Fred Couples (USA) finished 1 shot behind O'Meara (USA). O'Meara followed-up this Masters win by winning the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
1998Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal Birkdale280 (E)£300,000
The Open Championship (127th). O'Meara (USA) beat Brian Watts (Can/USA) in a 4-hole playoff: O'Meara 17 (-1), Watts 19 (+1). [Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, Merseyside].
1998Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club1 hole£170,000
Played as the Cisco World Match Play Championship. O'Meara (USA) beat Tiger Woods (USA) by 1 hole in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1997Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach268 (-20)$342,000
Played as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Second-placed David Duval (USA) and Tiger Woods (USA) finished 1 shot behind O'Meara (USA), who claimed his fifth win in this event. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Poppy Hills GC and Spyglass Hill GC].
1997Men AmericaSan Diego OpenTorrey Pines275 (-13)$270,000
Played as the Buick Invitational. Second-placed Donnie Hammond (USA), David Ogrin (USA), Mike Hulbert (USA), Lee Janzen (USA), Jesper Parnevik (Swe), Craig Stadler (USA) and Duffy Waldorf (USA) finished 2 shots behind Mark O'Meara (USA). [South course, Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA].
1997Men EuropeTrophee LancomeSaint-Nom-La-Breteche271£116,660
Played as the Trophee Lancome. Won by Mark O'Meara (USA). [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].
1996Men AmericaTourmnt of Chmpns (PGA Tr)La Costa Resort271 (-17)$180,000
Played as the Mercedes Championships (PGA Tour season opener). Second-placed Nick Faldo (Eng) and Scott Hoch (USA) finished 3 shots behins O'Meara (USA). [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].
1996Men AmericaWyndham Ch'shipForest Oaks CC274 (-14)$324,000
Played as the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic. Second-placed Duffy Waldorf (USA) finished 2 shots behind O'Meara (USA). [Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro, NC].
1995Men AmericaCanadian OpenGlen Abbey274 (-14)$234,000
Played as the Bell Canadian Open. O'Meara (USA) beat Bob Lohr (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, nr Toronto, Ont.].
1995Men AmericaHonda ClassicWeston Hills CC275 (-9)$216,000
Played as the Honda Classic. Second-placed Nick Faldo (Eng) finished 1 shot behind O'Meara (USA). [Weston Hills CC, Weston, nr Ft Lauderdale, FL].
1994Men AmericaArgentine OpenBuenos Aires GC278
Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). John Cook (USA) and Cesar Monasterio (Arg) finished in second place behind O'Meara (USA). [Buenos Aires GC, Buenos Aires].
1992Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach275 (-13)$198,000
Played as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. O'Meara (USA) beat Jeff Sluman (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole, to win his fourth Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Poppy Hills GC and Spyglass Hill GC].
1991Men AmericaWalt Disney ClassicDisney's Magnolia267 (-21)$180,000
Played as the Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic. Second-placed David Peoples (USA) finished 1 shot behind O'Meara (USA). [Magnolia course, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL. Earlier rounds also played on the Palm course].
1990Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach281 (-7)$180,000
Played as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Second-placed Kenny Perry (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion O'Meara (USA). [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Spyglass Hill GC].
1990Men AmericaTexas OpenOak Hills CC, TX261 (-19)$144,000
Played as the H.E.B. Texas Open. Second-placed Gary Hallberg (USA) finished 1 shot behind O'Meara (USA). [Oak Hills CC, San Antonio, TX].
1989Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach277 (-11)$180,000
Played as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Second-placed Tom Kite (USA) finished 1 shot behind O'Meara (USA). [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Spyglass Hill GC].
1989Men AmericaShootout, TheSherwood CC190$125,000
Played as the RMCC Invitational. Second-placed team of Tom Weiskopf & Lanny Wadkins finished 6 shots behind the winning team of Curtis Strange & Mark O'Meara.
1987Men EuropeLawrence Batley Intl.Royal Birkdale271 (-17)£23,330
Played as the Lawrence Batley International Championship. Second-placed Carl Mason (Eng) finished 3 shots behind O'Meara (USA). [Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, Merseyside].
1986Men Aus/NZAustralian MastersHuntingdale284x
Played as the Australian Masters. Won by Mark O'Meara (USA).
1985Men AmericaKapalua Intl.275$125,000
Played as the Isuzu Kapalua International.
1985Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach283 (-5)$90,000
Played as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. Second-placed Kikuo Arai (Jpn), Larry Rinker (USA) and Curtis Strange (USA) finished 1 shot behind O'Meara (USA). [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Spyglass Hill GC].
1985Men AmericaSony Open in HawaiiWaialae CC267 (-21)$90,000
Played as the Hawaiian Open. Second-placed Craig Stadler (USA) finished 1 shot behind O'Meara (USA). [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].
1984Men AmericaGtr Milwaukee OpenTuckaway CC272 (-16)$54,000
Played as the Gtr Milwaukee Open. Second-placed Tom Watson (USA) finished 5 shots behind O'Meara (USA), who recorded his first US PGA Tour win. [Tuckaway CC, Franklin, nr Milwaukee, Wisc.].
1979Men AmateurUS AmateurCanterbury GC8 & 7n/a
The US Amateur Championship (79th). O'Meara (USA) beat defending champion John Cook (USA) 8 and 7 in the final. [Canterbury GC, Beachwood, Ohio].

 

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