1998 Masters: O'Meara is O'Major

Mark O''Meara holds the trophy after winning the 1998 Masters Tournament
1998 Masters champ Mark O'Meara in the Green Jacket and showing off the Masters trophy. David Cannon/Getty Images

After a long, successful career with plenty of wins - but none of them in majors - 41-year-old Mark O'Meara became a first-time major champion at the 1998 Masters.

Quick Bits

  • Winner: Mark O'Meara, 279
  • Dates: April 9-12, 1998
  • Location: Augusta National Golf Club in Augusa, Ga.
  • Tournament number: The was the 62nd time the Masters Tournament was played.

O' What a Feeling for O'Meara at 1998 Masters

Mark O'Meara had been a very good player for a long time on the PGA Tour, but entering the 1998 Masters had not won a major championship.

During 1998, O'Meara won two majors - this one, plus the British Open later in the year.

Why was 1998 such a good year for O'Meara? Many believed - and O'Meara himself said as much - that O'Meara's friendship with the young star Tiger Woods played a role. O'Meara and Woods played together often, and competed against each other in practice rounds. O'Meara said that watching Woods' killer instinct and Woods' work ethic made him work that much harder himself.

Whatever the reason, O'Meara won The Masters in 1998 by closing with rounds of 68 and 67, and by birdying the final hole to secure the victory. In fact, O'Meara birdied three of the final four holes on Sunday, capping his surge with a 20-footer on the 72nd hole for the one-stroke victory over David Duval and Fred Couples.

O'Meara opened with a 74, five off the first-round lead. He jumped into the Top 10 with a second-round 70. And O'Meara's scores continued downward with a third-round 68.

He stood tied for second heading into the final round, two strokes behind Couples.

The 1998 Masters is also notable as the last time Jack Nicklaus was part of the story in the final round. Nicklaus, 56 years old, tied for sixth, four strokes off the lead, with a final-round 68. Gary Player, age 62, made the cut in a Masters for the last time this year.

David Toms made his first-ever Masters appearance here, and it included a 64 in the final round. Toms finished tied with Nicklaus in sixth place.

As defending champion, Woods slipped the Green Jacket onto O'Meara. Woods finished tied for eighth, six strokes behind O'Meara.

1998 Masters Scores

Results from the 1998 Masters golf tournament played at the par-72 Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. (a-amateur):

Mark O'Meara, $576,00074-70-68-67--279
David Duval, $291,60071-68-74-67--280
Fred Couples, $291,60069-70-71-70--280
Jim Furyk, $153,60076-70-67-68--281
Paul Azinger, $128,00071-72-69-70--282
David Toms, $111,20075-72-72-64--283
Jack Nicklaus, $111,20073-72-70-68--283
Justin Leonard, $89,60074-73-69-69--285
Darren Clarke, $89,60076-73-67-69--285
Tiger Woods, $89,60071-72-72-70--285
Colin Montgomerie, $89,60071-75-69-70--285
Per-Ulrik Johansson, $64,80074-75-67-70--286
Jose Maria Olazabal, $64,80070-73-71-72--286
Jay Haas, $64,80072-71-71-72--286
Phil Mickelson, $64,80074-69-69-74--286
Ian Woosnam, $48,00074-71-72-70--287
Scott McCarron, $48,00073-71-72-71--287
Mark Calcavecchia, $48,00074-74-69-70--287
Ernie Els, $48,00075-70-70-72--287
Scott Hoch, $48,00070-71-73-73--287
Willie Wood, $38,40074-74-70-70--288
a-Matt Kuchar72-76-68-72--288
Stewart Cink, $33,28074-76-69-70--289
John Huston, $33,28077-71-70-71--289
Jeff Maggert, $33,28072-73-72-72--289
Steve Jones, $26,13375-70-75-70--290
David Frost, $26,13372-73-74-71--290
Brad Faxon, $26,13373-74-71-72--290
Michael Bradley, $23,68073-74-72-72--291
Steve Elkington, $22,72075-75-71-71--292
Jesper Parnevik, $21,28075-73-73-72--293
Andrew Magee, $21,28074-72-74-73--293
Phil Blackmar, $18,11271-78-75-70--294
Lee Janzen, $18,11276-74-72-72--294
Fuzzy Zoeller, $18,11271-74-75-74--294
John Daly, $18,11277-71-71-75--294
Davis Love III, $18,11274-75-67-78--294
Tom Kite, $15,68073-74-74-74--295
Bernhard Langer, $14,72075-73-74-74--296
Paul Stankowski, $14,72070-80-72-74--296
Corey Pavin, $13,44073-77-72-75--297
Craig Stadler, $13,44079-68-73-77--297
John Cook, $12,48075-73-74-76--298
Lee Westwood, $11,84074-76-72-78--300
a-Joel Kribel74-76-76-75--301
Gary Player, $11,20077-72-78-75--302

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