Mark O'Meara's accomplishments finally recognized

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By JIM O'SHEA
College Contributor Network

Google "mark o'meara" and the fifth recommendation is "mark o'meara tiger woods." Heck, after Tiger Woods' life basically went to hell in late 2009, the one person besides Steve Williams (his caddie at the time), that everyone wanted to hear from was O'Meara.

So, was he Tiger Woods' mentor? Yes, but O'Meara was not just a veteran voice for another golfer. He had a pretty good career himself and on Tuesday, it was announced that he will be a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The 57-year-old will be officially inducted next July on the Monday before The Open Championship.

Let's take a look at the American's accomplishments during his playing career.

O'Meara won two majors, and both came in 1998. He is one of only ten players all-time to win the Masters and Open Championship in the same calendar year. Both came when he was 41 years old, becoming only the fifth player ever to win two majors over the age of 40. Not even Sam Snead, who some consider the greatest senior statesman of all time, did that. O'Meara won the PGA and PGA Tour Player of the Year that year. At age 41!

O'Meara also holds two records at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He has the most wins, five, and is tied for the lowest score at the tournament, shooting 20-under in 1997. He has 16 wins overall on the PGA Tour, and those came over a 14-year span. Only 50 players have more wins in their career and the first time he missed more than three cuts in a season was in his 17th campaign.

He was superb earlier in his career as well, spanning back to his incredible 1984 season -- O'Meara made all 23 cuts, had 15 top-10s, and 19 top-15s! At the time, it was the third-highest year of earnings ever and the 27-year-old finished the year third in scoring average, behind only Calvin Peete and Jack Nicklaus.

After his PGA Tour years were over, O'Meara kept at it. He has been on the Champions Tour since 2007 when he became eligible at the age of 50. O'Meara has one major on the senior tour and has not missed more than two cuts in a year. He has played in at least 16 events every year but one, and holds a pretty impressive scoring average of 69.9.

Mark O'Meara is rarely mentioned in the elite class of golfers, and when he is, it's to say how he has helped arguably the greatest golfer of all-time. But for one day next July, O'Meara will finally get his day amongst the elite.


Jim O'Shea is a junior at Syracuse University studying Broadcast and Digital Journalism. Born and raised in Houston, TX. He's an avid Texans and Texas Rangers fan. Also golf is his favorite sport. Follow him on Twitter: @JimOShea4
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