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Mark Francis O'Meara (born January 13, 1957) is an Americanmarker 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 Rankings from their debut in 1986 to 2000.

O'Meara was born in Goldsboromarker, North Carolinamarker, but grew up in southern California in Mission Viejomarker, and took up golf at age 13, sneaking on to the nearby Mission Viejo Country Club. He later became an employee of the club and played on his high school golf team. He was an All-American at Long Beach Statemarker, and won the U.S. Amateur in 1979, defeating John Cook. After graduating with a degree in marketing in 1980, O'Meara turned professional and would win 16 events on the PGA Tour, starting 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 Mastersmarker and the British Open. 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 he reached a career best of second in the Official World Golf Rankings.

O'Meara is known for competing outside the United Statesmarker more often than most leading American golfers, and has won tournaments in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. A man with a genial demeanour, 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 Asia is a European Tour event.

In 2007, O'Meara entered his first season on the Champions Tour.

O'Meara has begun to develop a golf course design practice and enjoys fishing in his off time.

Professional wins (32)

PGA Tour wins (16)

Major Championships (2)
Other PGA Tour (14)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runners up
1 Sep. 16, 1984 Greater Milwaukee Open -16 (67-68-69-68=272) |5 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Tom Watson (golfer)|Tom Watson]] |- |2 |Feb. 3, [[1985 PGA Tour|1985]] |[[Bing Crosby National Pro-Am]] |-5 (70-72-68-73=283) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|JPN}} [[Kikuo Aoki]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Larry Rinker]],
{{flagicon|USA}} [[Curtis Strange]] |- |3 |Feb. 10, [[1985 PGA Tour|1985]] |[[Hawaiian Open]] |-21 (67-66-65-69=267) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Craig Stadler]] |- |4 |Jan. 29, [[1989 PGA Tour|1989]] |[[AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am]] |-11 (66-68-73-70=277) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Tom Kite]] |- |5 |Feb. 4, [[1990 PGA Tour|1990]] |[[AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am]] |-7 (67-73-69-72=281) |2 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Kenny Perry]] |- |6 |Oct. 7, [[1990 PGA Tour|1990]] |[[H.E.B. Texas Open]] |-19 (64-68-66-63=261) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Gary Hallberg]] |- |7 |Oct. 16, [[1991 PGA Tour|1991]] |[[Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic]] |-21 (66-66-71-64=267) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} [[David Peoples (golfer)|David Peoples]] |- |8 |Feb. 2, [[1992 PGA Tour|1992]] |[[AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am]] |-13 (69-68-68-70=275) |Playoff |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Jeff Sluman]] |- |9 |Mar. 12, [[1995 PGA Tour|1995]] |[[Honda Classic]] |-9 (68-65-71-71=275) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|ENG}} [[Nick Faldo]] |- |10 |Sep. 10, [[1995 PGA Tour|1995]] |[[Bell Canadian Open]] |-14 (72-67-68-67=274) |Playoff |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Bob Lohr]] |- |11 |Jan. 7, [[1996 PGA Tour|1996]] |[[Mercedes Championships]] |-17 (68-69-66-68=271) |3 strokes |{{flagicon|ENG}} [[Nick Faldo]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Scott Hoch]] |- |12 |Apr. 28, [[1996 PGA Tour|1996]] |[[Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic]] |-14 (75-68-62-69=274) |2 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Duffy Waldorf]] |- |13 |Feb. 2, [[1997 PGA Tour|1997]] |[[AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am]] |-20 (67-67-67-67=268) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} [[David Duval]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Tiger Woods]] |- |14 |Feb. 9, [[1997 PGA Tour|1997]] |[[Buick Invitational]] |-13 (67-66-71-71=275) |2 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[David Ogrin]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Donnie Hammond]],
{{flagicon|SWE}} [[Jesper Parnevik]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Craig Stadler]],
{{flagicon|USA}} [[Lee Janzen]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Mike Hulbert]],
{{flagicon|USA}} [[Duffy Waldorf]] |-bgcolor="#e5d1cb" |15 |Apr. 12, [[1998 PGA Tour|1998]] |'''[[Masters Tournament|The Masters]]''' |-9 (74-70-68-67=279) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Fred Couples]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[David Duval]] |-bgcolor="#e5d1cb" |16 |Jul. 19, [[1998 PGA Tour|1998]] |'''[[The Open Championship|British Open]]''' |E (72-68-72-68=280)
Playoff Brian Watts

European Tour wins (4)

Japan Golf Tour wins (2)

Other wins (11)

Major Championships

Wins (2)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner(s)-up
1998 The Mastersmarker 2 shot deficit -9 (74-70-68-67=279) 1 stroke Fred Couples, David Duval
1998 The Open Championship 2 shot deficit E (72-68-72-68=280) 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)

Results timeline

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Mastersmarker CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP 24 48 T24 T39 T11
U.S. Open CUT CUT 58 DNP T7 T15 T41 CUT T3 CUT
The Open Championship DNP T47 DNP DNP DNP T3 T43 T66 27 T42
PGA Championship DNP T70 DNP CUT T25 T28 CUT CUT T9 CUT

Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
The Mastersmarker CUT T27 T4 T21 T15 T31 T18 T30 1 T31
The Open Championship T48 T3 T12 CUT DNP T49 T33 T38 1 CUT
PGA Championship T19 CUT CUT CUT DNP T6 T26 T13 T4 T57
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
The Mastersmarker CUT T20 CUT T8 T27 T31 CUT CUT CUT CUT
The Open Championship T26 T42 T22 T65 T30 CUT T63 T60 CUT T70

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.

Summary of major championship performances

  • Starts - 92
  • Wins - 2
  • 2nd place finishes - 0
  • Top 3 finishes - 3
  • Top 5 finishes - 5
  • Top 10 finishes - 11
  • Longest streak of top-10s in majors - 2

United States national team appearances


See also


  1. 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking
  2. An Interview with:Mark O'Meara

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