Born in Goldsboro, North Carolina it wasn’t until the age of 13 when O’Meara’s family moved above a golf course in California that he first took up the game. As a child Mark would play at Mission Viejo Country Club where he later worked. While at Long Beach State Mark was named All-American. In 1979 O’Meara won the U.S Amateur at Canterbury Golf Club and turned professional the following year. Once a professional, Mark ran up an impressive resume which included 16 PGA TOUR victories and two Champions Tour wins. In addition, three wins on the European Tour adds up to 21 worldwide professional wins. Mark has also represented the United States in various team competitions including five Ryder Cups and two Presidents Cups.
In 1998, O’Meara established himself as one of the greats when he clinched both the Masters and Open Championship titles in the same year. This feat named him the 1998 PGA TOUR Player of the Year and at the age of 41 O’Meara set the record as the oldest player to win two majors in the same season.
In 2014, O’Meara was voted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as part of the 2015 class. He is also part of the first class to have been elected by the Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee. O’Meara’s induction took place at the University of St. Andrews in July of 2015.
O’Meara currently resides in Houston, Texas where he lives with his wife. He continues to give back to the community by being involved with The First Tee of Houston. O’Meara also continues his charitable work while fundraising for his long-time caddie whom was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis during the 1994 PLAYERS Championship. He also teamed up with PGA TOUR Design Services to build the champions course TPC Valencia that opened in 2003. O’Meara has been a Mastercard Ambassador since March 2015.