Woods Recalls O'Meara's Costly Weekend

Former champions Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara of the U.S. talk on the 16th green during a practice round for the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia

You may remember the story of Tiger Woods shooting 59 at Isleworth against his buddy Mark O’Meara the week prior to The Masters in 1997.


It got overshadowed by what Woods did at Augusta National the next week but it has remained a part of the Tiger lore.

After shooting 61 Friday at Firestone and missing a couple of good birdie chances that could have given him his first 59 on the PGA Tour, Woods told the second part of the story regarding how he played against O’Meara that charmed weekend at Isleworth.

Playing a $5 bet with automatic 1-down presses, Woods said O’Meara “lost a boatload” the day he shot 59.

“Then the next day an even better story is we played nine holes and I was 5 under through nine,” Woods said. “Then (I) parred 10 and made a hole-in-one at 11. He just drove his cart home.

“That’s actually a better story. He didn’t say a word to me …

“I came in as well. He didn’t talk to me for a day. Texted him, nothing. Called him, nothing.”

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