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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN STAFF | April 4, 1999
As accomplished a golfer as Mark O'Meara was a year ago, heading into the Masters he was thought of mostly for what he had not done -- winning a major championship.He was known for doing other things.For being the so-called "King of Pebble Beach," both as a U.S. Amateur champion there and for four of his 14 titles on the PGA Tour.For being the Florida neighbor, confidante and mentor of Tiger Woods, then the defending champion at Augusta National."They probably thought, `Hey, he's 41, he's over the hill,' " O'Meara recalled recently.
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune Newspapers | May 13, 2011
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — On the eve of The Players Championship, Tiger Woods went out to dinner with Mark O'Meara and his wife — an infrequent occasion these days as O'Meara plays his golf on the Champions Tour. "How's Mark hitting it?" Meredith O'Meara asked. Woods' reply: "Short. " Well, check out whose name was near the top of Thursday's leaderboard: O'Meara, whose sprightly 6-under-par 66 left him two shots behind leader Nick Watney in a tie for third. As for Woods?
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February 7, 1991
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Robert Gamez put an eagle-birdie finish on an 8-under-par 64 for the first-round lead in the BobHope Chrysler Classic yesterday.Gamez, a runaway choice as Rookie of the Year last season, got a share of the lead in the five-day, 90-hole tournament with a 3-wood second shot and a 7-foot eagle putt on the 17th hole.After flirting with the out-of-bounds stakes on his drive on the final hole, he hit an 8-iron to 15 feet and made the putt that put him ahead.Gamez played at Indian Wells, the shortest and generally considered easiest of four desert courses used for the first four rounds.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | October 11, 2008
The sun was setting early yesterday evening at the Baltimore Country Club, and in the last of the dying light, with shadows closing in, Fred Funk looked around the putting green. He was all alone. The Takoma Park native, 52, dressed in a bright green shirt and wearing his trademark visor, did not seem to mind the solitude. He put his head down again and continued his silent routine of rolling in three-foot putts, over and over. Just a few feet to his right, men in tailored sport coats smoked fine cigars and talked about the state of the economy with their wives, but Funk remained oblivious.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | April 14, 1998
AUGUSTA, Ga.-- They are the odd couple of the PGA Tour, the overweight 41-year-old father of two who has stayed on the periphery of the spotlight for most of his career and the over-hyped 22-year-old phenom who has been at the center of it for most of his life.Those who wondered how genuine the relationship was between Mark O'Meara and Tiger Woods saw it unfold in the fading sunlight at Augusta National on Sunday. It showed in the way Woods hung around long after O'Meara had won the 62nd Masters.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | July 24, 2000
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - This was not the Masters, where David Duval blew a chance to stay close to Vijay Singh back in April and where he blew a two-shot lead with three holes to play two years ago to Mark O'Meara. In losing yesterday's final-round matchup with Tiger Woods in the 129th British Open, Duval gained the respect that eluded him before. He showed courage on the front nine when he closed to within three shots of the lead, making four birdies in the first seven holes and nearly a fifth.
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By John Strege and John Strege,Orange County (Calif.) Register | January 20, 1992
BERMUDA DUNES, Calif. -- It was, Mark O'Meara said, a crap shoot, and the winner accordingly was the one who knew best what to do with his chips.That was John Cook, who holed two of them in a row, one for birdie, the other for eagle and a victory in the marathon Bob Hope Classic yesterday at Bermuda Dunes.A resident of nearby Mission Hills, Cook won a record-tying five-man playoff and earned $198,000 for his fourth PGA Tour victory and first since 1987."I'm so happy to win here," he said, though "here" was an extraneous word.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | August 13, 1998
SEATTLE -- He is not John Daly or Tiger Woods. He does not wow you with his swing or his looks or his fan club, which is probably along the lines of Bill Gates'. He is a golfer, the way a golfer is supposed to look, which means a receding hairline and a protruding midsection and a soft, round face.Mark O'Meara is 41, a father and husband who lives in a wealthy gated community. His outlet in life is washing his cars. He's also the best golfer in the world right now.Mark O'Meara is the best golfer in the world.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | April 7, 2005
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Not many golfers get to do what Austin Eaton III is doing this week. As the U.S. Golf Association's Mid-Amateur champion, Eaton will be teeing it up today in the opening round of the 69th Masters. Then again, Eaton has already experienced more than he expected since getting the invitation from Augusta National last fall. First, there were the three weekends he spent down here over the winter, squeezing in nine rounds on a near-empty course. He is living this week in the famous Crow's Nest, which has housed everyone from Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods during their visits as amateurs.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | October 11, 2008
The sun was setting early yesterday evening at the Baltimore Country Club, and in the last of the dying light, with shadows closing in, Fred Funk looked around the putting green. He was all alone. The Takoma Park native, 52, dressed in a bright green shirt and wearing his trademark visor, did not seem to mind the solitude. He put his head down again and continued his silent routine of rolling in three-foot putts, over and over. Just a few feet to his right, men in tailored sport coats smoked fine cigars and talked about the state of the economy with their wives, but Funk remained oblivious.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | April 7, 2005
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Not many golfers get to do what Austin Eaton III is doing this week. As the U.S. Golf Association's Mid-Amateur champion, Eaton will be teeing it up today in the opening round of the 69th Masters. Then again, Eaton has already experienced more than he expected since getting the invitation from Augusta National last fall. First, there were the three weekends he spent down here over the winter, squeezing in nine rounds on a near-empty course. He is living this week in the famous Crow's Nest, which has housed everyone from Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods during their visits as amateurs.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | July 24, 2000
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - This was not the Masters, where David Duval blew a chance to stay close to Vijay Singh back in April and where he blew a two-shot lead with three holes to play two years ago to Mark O'Meara. In losing yesterday's final-round matchup with Tiger Woods in the 129th British Open, Duval gained the respect that eluded him before. He showed courage on the front nine when he closed to within three shots of the lead, making four birdies in the first seven holes and nearly a fifth.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | July 23, 2000
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Ever since he lost his place at the top of the world rankings last year to Tiger Woods, David Duval has been looking forward to a chance to steal some of the spotlight back. Ever since he lost in a made-for-television match last summer in California - or have you forgotten the "Showdown at Sherwood"? - Duval has been looking for another opportunity to play against Woods. It will happen today, in the final round of the 129th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN STAFF | April 4, 1999
As accomplished a golfer as Mark O'Meara was a year ago, heading into the Masters he was thought of mostly for what he had not done -- winning a major championship.He was known for doing other things.For being the so-called "King of Pebble Beach," both as a U.S. Amateur champion there and for four of his 14 titles on the PGA Tour.For being the Florida neighbor, confidante and mentor of Tiger Woods, then the defending champion at Augusta National."They probably thought, `Hey, he's 41, he's over the hill,' " O'Meara recalled recently.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | August 13, 1998
SEATTLE -- He is not John Daly or Tiger Woods. He does not wow you with his swing or his looks or his fan club, which is probably along the lines of Bill Gates'. He is a golfer, the way a golfer is supposed to look, which means a receding hairline and a protruding midsection and a soft, round face.Mark O'Meara is 41, a father and husband who lives in a wealthy gated community. His outlet in life is washing his cars. He's also the best golfer in the world right now.Mark O'Meara is the best golfer in the world.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | July 18, 1998
SOUTHPORT, England -- Normalcy returned to the 127th British Open yesterday at Royal Birkdale. The second round was a meteorological roller coaster, beginning with rain, ending with sun and interspersed with 30-mph winds as well as a little sleet that briefly suspended play.The weather also caused havoc somewhere else -- on the leader board.First-round co-leader Tiger Woods, who felt the brunt of the front moving in off the Irish Sea, started at 5-under and fell to even par through 15 holes.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | July 18, 1998
SOUTHPORT, England -- Normalcy returned to the 127th British Open yesterday at Royal Birkdale. The second round was a meteorological roller coaster, beginning with rain, ending with sun and interspersed with 30-mph winds as well as a little sleet that briefly suspended play.The weather also caused havoc somewhere else -- on the leader board.First-round co-leader Tiger Woods, who felt the brunt of the front moving in off the Irish Sea, started at 5-under and fell to even par through 15 holes.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | July 23, 2000
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Ever since he lost his place at the top of the world rankings last year to Tiger Woods, David Duval has been looking forward to a chance to steal some of the spotlight back. Ever since he lost in a made-for-television match last summer in California - or have you forgotten the "Showdown at Sherwood"? - Duval has been looking for another opportunity to play against Woods. It will happen today, in the final round of the 129th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | April 14, 1998
AUGUSTA, Ga.-- They are the odd couple of the PGA Tour, the overweight 41-year-old father of two who has stayed on the periphery of the spotlight for most of his career and the over-hyped 22-year-old phenom who has been at the center of it for most of his life.Those who wondered how genuine the relationship was between Mark O'Meara and Tiger Woods saw it unfold in the fading sunlight at Augusta National on Sunday. It showed in the way Woods hung around long after O'Meara had won the 62nd Masters.
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By John Strege and John Strege,Orange County (Calif.) Register | January 20, 1992
BERMUDA DUNES, Calif. -- It was, Mark O'Meara said, a crap shoot, and the winner accordingly was the one who knew best what to do with his chips.That was John Cook, who holed two of them in a row, one for birdie, the other for eagle and a victory in the marathon Bob Hope Classic yesterday at Bermuda Dunes.A resident of nearby Mission Hills, Cook won a record-tying five-man playoff and earned $198,000 for his fourth PGA Tour victory and first since 1987."I'm so happy to win here," he said, though "here" was an extraneous word.
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