O’Meara’s heart tug

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - — From wire re­ports

Mark O’Meara wasn’t even sure whether to play at St. An­drews this year be­cause his 81-year-old fa­ther, Robert, took a turn for the worse from an in­fec­tion that is at­tack­ing a heart valve. His sis­ters are with him, and urged O’Meara to join them.

O’Meara, who opened with a strong 69, cried this week when talk­ing about his dad. Some 20 years ago, be­fore O’Meara won the claret jug at Royal Birk­dale in 1998, they took a golf vacation to­gether to St. An­drews.

“He shot 89, birdied the last hole,” O’Meara said. “I filmed his whole round. We hired two lo­cal cad­dies, and couldn’t un­der­stand them. I know what this place means to him.

“I feel very much at peace. I’ve got to cel­e­brate my fa­ther’s life. I can’t say, ‘Woe is me,’ be­cause my fa­ther is sick.”

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