Winner of Two Majors, O’Meara will be inducted into the 2015 World Golf Hall of Fame
ORLANDO, Fla. – Mark O’Meara has won 16 PGA TOUR victories, including two major championships (1998 Masters Tournament, 1998 The Open Championship), has two Champions Tour wins, a U.S. Amateur title (1979), three European Tour wins and has represented the United States in five Ryder Cups and two Presidents Cups. The 57-year-old will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2015. Even with all his success in golf, the soon-to-be Hall of Famer says one of his favorite tournaments each year is the PNC Father/Son Challenge.
“The PNC Father/Son Challenge is definitely a highlight in my year,” said O’Meara “Knowing it’s a select field, it’s very special to play and I know a lot of other pros wait to get the invite. It’s such a great event and one of the unique things about the tournament is that you get to see the similar traits between each father and son. There are such interesting characteristics that each team shares. It’s fun to watch. We are all competitive, but at the end of the day it’s all about family.”
As for the 2015 World Golf Hall of Fame, O’Meara is very much looking forward to the day next summer that he’ll be inducted.
“I was driving earlier this year when I got the call from Commissioner Finchem,” said O’Meara. “I saw the Commissioner’s name pop on my phone and I pulled the car over. He started by telling me background information about changes in the Hall and details about next year’s induction. Then he told me I was going to be one of the inductees. It took a few minutes for it to sink it and I got fairly emotional. The Commissioner was very gracious and it’s certainly a dream come true.”
The 2015 World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Monday, July 13, 2015 at the University of St Andrews, just blocks from the Old Course, host site of that week’s 144th Open Championship.
O’Meara’s son Shaun played college golf at University of California-Irvine, however doesn’t play much golf anymore. When he does, Shaun enjoys playing for business purposes. He started a sportswear line called Duvin, which is a Florida-based clothing company with approximately 50 stores.
The best finish for Mark and Shaun came in 2007 when they finished a solo third place.
Mark and Shaun O’Meara’s Past Finishes at the PNC Father/Son Challenge
2003 11th place
2005 tied for 3rd
2007 3rd place
2008 tied for 7th
2012 tied for 4th
2013 tied for 9th
The two-day tournament record with the scramble format only is 25-under-par 119 and is shared by four teams (Bob/David Charles/1998; Jack/Gary Nicklaus/1999; Raymond/Robert Floyd/1999; Larry/Drew Nelson/2004).
The PNC Father/Son Challenge, held for 15 years from 1995-2008, made a return in 2012 with new title sponsor, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Stewart Cink and his son Connor hoisted the Willie Park trophy in 2013, and will return as defending champions.
Television coverage of the PNC Father/Son Challenge will air on Golf Channel from 2-3 p.m. ET and NBC from 3-6 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14. The Golf Channel will also air a Pro-Am Special on Friday, Dec. 12.
Tickets are now on sale, priced at $15 per day or $45 for a full tournament pass (four days), by visiting www.pncfathersonchallenge.com or by calling 407-272-7506. Children age 15 years and younger receive complimentary admission with an accompanying adult.
To qualify for the PNC Father/Son Challenge, participants must have won either a major championship or THE PLAYERS in their career. The professional’s partner must not currently hold a Tour card, and while the majority of partners in the history of the event have been the sons of the golf legends, the family-themed tournament has seen daughters and grandsons participate over the years.
The PNC Father/Son Challenge is operated in partnership by IMG and NBC Sports.