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Turns out a few other older players grabbed the attention Thursday at Muirfield.
By the time Faldo, Watson and Couples trudged off the 18th green with a combined score of 16-over par, Todd Hamilton was already in the clubhouse with a 2-under 69. Then came Mark O'Meara, who wound up a shot off the lead with a 67. Tom Lehman chipped in with a 68.
All former Open champions. All with plenty of links knowledge and experience.
“One for the old farts,” O'Meara said.
With 49-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez also shooting a 68, the leaderboard was starting to have the look of a senior’s competition.
Darren Clarke in 2011 and Ernie Els last year showed that age should be no barrier at the Open. Both were 42 when they lifted the claret jug. O'Meara, Lehman and Hamilton are taking it to a whole new level, though, as they seek a second title on the British links.
He has yet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He’s still waiting for the captaincy of the U.S. Presidents Cup team.
Despite two major championships _ one more than Couples, the 1992 Masters champion _ 24 wins around the world, five Ryder Cup teams and trophies collected from five continents, O'Meara is used to feeling left out.
So he’s letting his golf do the talking this week.
The 1998 Open champion at Royal Birkdale curled in a 35-foot eagle putt at No. 17 to cap a round that reached its height at the ninth hole when he moved to 5 under.
“I realize I’m 56 but I also realize that I’ve won the Open championship and I know that links golf is a little bit different than playing in the Masters. It’s a little bit different than playing in the U.S. Open. It’s a little different than a PGA,” O'Meara said. “From the standpoint that experience, I think, plays a big factor in how guys play.”
At times, O'Meara feels he’s playing better than he did 15 years ago.
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