Watch the complete final round broadcast of the 1998 Masters. Mark O’Meara birdies three of the last four holes to finish one stroke ahead of Fred Couples and David Duval.
The 1998 Masters Tournament: A Historic Victory and Memorable Moments
The 1998 Masters Tournament marked the 62nd edition of this prestigious golf event, held from April 9th to April 12th at the iconic Augusta National Golf Club.
It was a tournament filled with remarkable performances and unforgettable moments. In this blog post, we’ll take a trip down memory lane and revisit the highlights of this historic event.
Mark O’Meara’s Triumph
One of the defining moments of the 1998 Masters Tournament was Mark O’Meara’s triumphant victory.
O’Meara had long been considered one of the best players never to have won a major championship, but that all changed with a dramatic flourish on the final hole.
With nerves of steel, O’Meara sank a jaw-dropping 20-foot (6-meter) birdie putt, securing his first major championship and etching his name in Masters history.
O’Meara’s final round was nothing short of spectacular.
He birdied three of the last four holes, finishing with a remarkable 67 (−5) and winning by a single stroke over the formidable duo of David Duval and Fred Couples.
It was a moment of pure golfing brilliance.
Jack Nicklaus’s Unforgettable Run
Another unforgettable aspect of the 1998 Masters Tournament was the astonishing performance of the legendary Jack Nicklaus.
At the age of 58, Nicklaus defied all expectations by tying for sixth place. His final round of 68 (−4) contributed to a 72-hole score of 283 (−5), a record for a player over the age of 50 at the Masters—until Phil Mickelson broke it in 2023.
Nicklaus’s incredible run saw him in contention for the title well into the back nine holes of the final round.
It was a fitting final chapter in his illustrious career, occurring twelve years after his remarkable sixth Masters victory in 1986.
The 1998 Masters was a poignant reminder of Nicklaus’s enduring greatness.
David Toms’s Scintillating Debut
The 1998 Masters Tournament also witnessed the emergence of a young talent in the form of David Toms.
In his first-ever Masters appearance, Toms delivered a performance for the ages.
On the crucial Sunday, he scorched the back nine with a sensational 29 (−7), ultimately carding a 64 (−8) for the day.
Toms’s standout moment came with an extraordinary streak of six consecutive birdies on holes 12 through 17.
His performance was a testament to the talent and composure that would go on to define his career in professional golf.
Records and Achievements
Mark O’Meara’s victory in the 1998 Masters was particularly noteworthy for setting a record of perseverance.
It took him 15 attempts at Augusta before he could claim the green jacket, making it the longest road to victory at the Masters.
O’Meara’s triumph didn’t end there; in July of the same year, he secured the Open Championship and earned the prestigious PGA Tour Player of the Year honors for 1998.
Additionally, the 1998 Masters Tournament showcased the promise of young talent in the golfing world.
Matt Kuchar, then a 19-year-old sophomore at Georgia Tech, made waves by finishing as the low amateur with an even-par 288, tying for 21st place.
Kuchar, who was the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, left his mark with a remarkable four-under 68 in the third round.