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This Day in Georgia History

April 12, 1998

Mark O’Meara Won Masters

Mark O’Meara won the 1998 Masters golf tournament with a long birdie put on the last hole of the last round, edging out by one stroke Fred Couples (who had led through the first three days) and David Duval. This was O’Meara’s first win at Augusta in 14 Masters, which was a record for most unsuccessful efforts by a Masters winner. More amazing, it was his first-ever major tournament victory. The 1998 Masters produced two other special stories. One was the amazing effort by 6-time Masters winner Jack Nicklaus. Playing in his 40th consecutive Masters, 58-year-old Nicklaus had a final round of 68 to finish 5 under par and place 6th - the oldest golfer to finish so high. The other story was the performance of 19-year-old Georgia Tech sophomore Matt Kuchar, who made the final round and finished in 21st place at even par for the four rounds.