March 29 2013
Mark O'Meara carded an even-par 72 on Friday to finish at 150. (Little/Getty Images)
By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
HUMBLE Texas -- Steve Timms had made the offer a number of times, but Mark O’Meara has always said no. He didn’t want to take a spot from a PGA TOUR player.
But this year, the Houston resident played so well earlier this year in Dubai, -- and it was an off-week on the Champions Tour – that he decided to reach out and Timms, the tournament director, said yes.
Eighteen holes and 150 strokes later, the 56-year-old former Masters champ was glad he played – even gave himself a 7.5 or an 8 – but he was still headed back to his home in West Houston. It was the 40 on his front nine and the quadruple-bogey 8 at the 18th on Thursday that got him. He carded an even-par 72 on Friday.
“This,’’ he said, “is a big course.” Not that he’s short off the tee, but he can, at times, give up 30 yards to his playing partners.
And to his 23-year-old son Shaun, who was once a budding TOUR player. But Shaun didn’t have the game and, instead, took his Cal-Irvine degree and expanded Duvin, a clothing company he started in high school.
Dad couldn’t be prouder.
“It’s kind a wake boarding, skater, surfer look like Billabong and Volcom,’’ O’Meara said. “He’s been traveling around to music festivals and events, pushing it. He’s doing well.’’
O’Meara didn’t invest, but Shaun’s partner’s dad did. They borrowed the rest of the money and they’re going to stores to get the product on the shelves.
O’Meara’s proud pop moments don’t stop there, either. Daughter Michelle is an attorney in Los Angeles and stepson Aiden, 12, is a lefthander, pitched 3 ½ perfect innings the other day in Little League play.
Next up for O’Meara is the Masters, another course that’s gotten big for, not just him, but a lot of Champions players such as Tom Watson and Ben Crenshaw. But, like Watson and Crenshaw, he’ll keep on playing until its no longer fun.