Peach State Sports Blog

Notebook: O’Meara turns back the clock

AUGUSTA -- Mark O’Meara won the Masters in 1998, but he had not made the cut at the tournament since 2005 until this weekend.

Things didn’t go his way Saturday, but he certainly rebounded Sunday.

After rounds of 73-68 to get to the weekend, O’Meara struggled with a 77 on Saturday. But he recovered with a 4-under-par 68 in the final round.

O’Meara finished at 2 under.

“It was a good day,” O’Meara said. “(Saturday), I was disappointed in my 77, but I hung in there. I drove it well (Saturday), just didn’t hit my irons as well. When you miss a bunch of greens, it isn’t easy to get the ball up and down around here at Augusta National. At 58, your short game is not as good as it was when you were 25.

“But (Sunday), I enjoyed playing with Steve Stricker, who is a class act. Overall, I’m super excited about my week.”


Ian Poulter just made the cut at 1 over after two rounds, but he shot two 5-under 67s on the weekend to finish at 9 under and tied for sixth.

It is Poulter’s best finish at the Masters. He has made the cut in nine of his 10 appearances.

“I hit lots of greens in regulation over the weekend, 32 greens in regulation, which is comfortably better than the field,” Poulter said. “Tee to green, I put it in position better than anyone, and even over four days, as well. I only missed a few greens the first couple of days, but those were the greens that were very extensive misses.”


Rickie Fowler didn’t do much the first three rounds of the tournament, shooting 73-72-70 to sit at 1 under.

But he shot a 67 on Sunday to finish at 6 under.

“I enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun out there; I played well,” Fowler said. “It’s unfortunate not to get the most out of the round that I could have, but it was a good solid weekend and a good finish.”


Former Augusta State standout Patrick Reed shot rounds of 70-72-74-70 to finish at 2 under. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad either.

After all, he missed the cut last year in his Masters debut.

“It was an OK week. I know I need to work on stuff,” Reed said. “I still need to work on consistency with the putter and off the tee. It got me in so much trouble this week and especially that driver. You can miss fairways out here, you can miss every fairway out here if you want, but you have to know where to miss it and miss it in the right spots.”