Thursday, April 10
Masters Round One: Mark O’Meara Claws His Way to 71
(Photo: The Armchair Golfer)
Has it already been 10 years since Mark O’Meara rolled in that right-to-left mid-range birdie on the 72nd hole to win the Masters?
Since then O’Meara, of all people, apparently suffered from a case of the yips. I always thought he was solid on the greens. But if the yips can strike O’Meara, it can happen to anyone. (Except Ben Crenshaw.)
We watched O’Meara practice on Monday at Augusta with his pal Tiger Woods. Mark has gone to the claw grip like Chris DiMarco. (Or is it the “saw”?) It worked today in round one. He shot a 71, a stroke better than Tiger.
“Obviously 51 years of age, 1-under par, I played all right,” O’Meara said. “I'm just pleased to shoot under par anytime I play Augusta National.”
I would be, too. That’s good, real good, for a guy who gets the AARP discount. However he holds his putter.
−The Armchair Golfer