Mark O’Meara Recalls His One-Stroke Win in Dubai in 2004

In 2004, he edged out Paul McGinley for the win, with his putt on the final hole in Dubai.

In 2004, Mark O’Meara, a two-time major champion, closed with a three-under 69 to capture the Dubai Desert Classic by one stroke over Paul McGinley. After McGinley missed an eagle attempt on No. 18 from over 70 feet, O’Meara two-putted from 12 feet for the victory.

It was his first win since capturing the 1998 British Open at Royal Birkdale in England.

It would also be his last.

With the Hero Dubai Desert Classic beginning on Thursday at the Emirates Golf Club and his 67th birthday around the corner, O’Meara recently reflected on his memorable week at the club two decades ago, and on a career that resulted in 16 PGA Tour wins. In 2015, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The following conversation has been edited and condensed.

Can you believe it’s been 20 years?

I do remember distinctly that week in 2004, going over there with Tiger [Woods]. I think I started going to Dubai in 1998 or 1999. At 47 years of age, to win a tournament of that magnitude was a blessing.

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