1998 British Open: O'Meara the Champ Via Playoff

Mark O'Meara blasts out of sand during his victory at the 1998 British Open
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The year 1998 was a pretty good one for Mark O'Meara. He birdied the 72nd hole at Augusta National to win The Masters, then, a few months later, won a playoff to also take the British Open.

The 1998 British Open got off to a most auspicious start with Tiger Woods shooting 65 to share the first-round lead. Unheralded Brian Watts, an American who had played mostly in Japan to this point, took the second-round lead.

Woods, 17-year-old amateur Justin Rose, and 3-time major champion Nick Price were tied for second.

Bad weather hit Royal Birkdale in Round 3, and the 72 carded by O'Meara was one of the best scores of the day. He moved into second, two strokes back of Watts.

Rose stirred the crowd by finishing in fourth place, and Woods charged with a final-round 66, but Watts and O'Meara finished tied and headed into the four-hole playoff. Which O'Meara won with a birdie on the first hole coupled with a Watts bogey on the fourth hole.

1998 British Open Scores

Results and prize money (USD) from the 1998 British Open played at Royal Birkdale (par 70) in Southport, England (p-won four-hole playoff; a-amateur):

p-Mark O'Meara, $492,00072-68-72-68-280
Brian Watts, $308,32068-69-73-70-280
Tiger Woods, $221,40065-73-77-66-281
Jesper Parnevik, $125,73368-72-72-70-282
Jim Furyk, $125,73370-70-72-70-282
a-Justin Rose72-66-75-69-282
Raymond Russell, $125,73368-73-75-66-282
Davis Love III, $81,18067-73-77-68-285
Costantino Rocca, $69,99472-74-70-70-286
Thomas Bjorn, $69,99468-71-76-71-286
Brad Faxon, $54,66667-74-74-72-287
David Duval, $54,66670-71-75-71-287
John Huston, $54,66665-77-73-72-287
Gordon Brand, $47,56071-70-76-71-288
Greg Turner, $38,78668-75-75-71-289
Des Smyth, $38,78674-69-75-71-289
Jose Maria Olazabal, $38,78673-72-75-69-289
Peter Baker, $38,78669-72-77-71-289
Mark James, $28,24071-74-74-71-290
Sandy Lyle, $28,24071-72-75-72-290
Curtis Strange, $28,24073-73-74-70-290
Vijay Singh, $28,24067-74-78-71-290
Robert Allenby, $28,24067-76-78-69-290
Peter O'Malley, $20,46771-71-78-71-291
Lee Janzen, $20,46772-69-80-70-291
Sam Torrance, $20,46769-77-75-70-291
Stephen Ames, $20,46768-72-79-72-291
Bob Estes, $20,46772-70-76-73-291
Loren Roberts, $16,89266-76-76-74-292
Shigeki Maruyama, $16,89270-73-75-74-292
Ernie Els, $16,89272-74-74-72-292
a-Sergio Garcia69-75-76-72-292
Scott Dunlap, $16,89272-69-80-71-292
Nick Price, $16,89266-72-82-72-292
Sven Struver, $14,59675-70-80-68-293
Santiago Luna, $14,59670-72-80-71-293
Mark Calcavecchia, $14,59669-77-73-74-293
Philip Walton, $13,69468-76-74-76-294
Joakim Haeggman, $13,69471-74-78-71-294
Steen Tinning, $13,69469-76-77-72-294
Tom Kite, $13,69472-69-79-74-294
Patrik Sjoland, $13,69472-72-77-73-294
Naomichi Ozaki, $13,69472-73-76-73-294
David Carter, $12,43371-75-76-73-295
Payne Stewart, $12,43371-71-78-75-295
David Howell, $12,43368-77-79-71-295
Rodger Davis, $12,43376-70-78-71-295
David Frost, $12,43372-73-78-72-295
Nick Faldo, $12,43372-73-75-75-295
Andrew Coltart, $12,43368-77-75-75-295
Katsuyoshi Tomori, $12,43375-71-70-79-295
Frankie Minoza, $11,25069-75-76-76-296
Steve Stricker, $11,25070-72-80-74-296
Larry Mize, $11,25070-75-79-72-296
Brandt Jobe, $11,25070-73-82-71-296
Billy Mayfair, $11,25072-73-77-74-296
Ian Woosnam, $10,27372-74-76-75-297
Steve Jones, $10,27373-72-79-73-297
Trevor Dodds, $10,27373-71-81-72-297
Ignacio Garrido, $10,27371-74-80-72-297
Justin Leonard, $10,27373-73-82-69-297
Greg Chalmers, $10,27371-75-77-74-297
Eduardo Romero, $10,27371-70-79-77-297
Lee Westwood, $9,79971-71-78-78-298
Carlos Franco, $9,79971-73-76-78-298
Michael Long, $9,51270-74-78-77-299
Stewart Cink, $9,51271-73-83-72-299
Michael Campbell, $9,51273-73-80-73-299
a-Didier de Vooght70-76-80-73-299
Mark Brooks, $9,51271-73-75-80-299
Fred Couples, $9,51266-74-78-81-299
Andrew Clapp, $9,26672-74-81-73-300
Gary Evans, $9,18469-74-84-74-301
Bob May, $9,18470-73-85-75-303
Andrew McLardy, $9,18472-74-80-78-304
Fredrik Jacobson, $9,18467-78-81-79-305
Kazuhiko Hosokawa, $9,18472-73-81-80-306
Robert Giles, $9,18472-74-83-78-307
Phil Mickelson, $9,18471-74-85-78-308
Andrew Oldcorn, $9,18475-71-84-79-309
Dudley Hart, $9,18473-72-85-80-310

 

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