1998 Masters Tournament Winner and Scores

The Masters was played for the 62nd time in 1998, but for the first time Mark O'Meara was a major championship winner. He sealed this victory with a birdie on the final hole.

Winner: Mark O'Meara, 279

Where it was played: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia

Tournament dates: April 9-12, 1998

Leader after first round: Fred Couples, 69

Leader after second round: Fred Couples and David Duval, 139

Leader after third round: Fred Couples, 210

What Happened at the 1998 Masters Tournament

Mark O'Meara was a regular winner on the PGA Tour prior to 1998, but had no majors to show for it. Then he befriended Tiger Woods and played regular money matches against Tiger in practice. And then he won two majors in 1998 (including the British Open later in the year). Coincidence? O'Meara didn't think so.

Fred Couples shared or held the lead the first three rounds. O'Meara moved into the Top 10 after a second-round 70, then moved into a tie for second place with a 68 in the third round. He started the final round two strokes behind Couples.

But in that final round, O'Meara carded a 67 that was good enough to jump ahead of Couples (70) for the win. O'Meara birdied three of his last four holes, including the winning 20-foot putt on the 72nd hole. That made O'Meara the fifth player in the tournament's history to win The Masters by making birdie on his final hole, and just the third to make birdie to win on the final putt of the tournament.

Jack Nicklaus, at age 58, finished sixth. Nicklaus' 5-under score of 283 was, at the time, the best score ever posted in The Masters by a golfer aged 50 or over (a record since broken).

Matt Kuchar, age 19, earned low amateur honors. David Toms, in his first Masters appearance, tied the back nine record of 29 in his final-round 64. Defending champion Tiger Woods finished tied for eighth place, six strokes back of his friend O'Meara.

1998 Masters Final Scores

Mark O'Meara 74-70-68-67=279
David Duval 71-68-74-67=280
Fred Couples 69-70-71-70=280
Jim Furyk 76-70-67-68=281
Paul Azinger 71-72-69-70=282
David Toms 75-72-72-64=283
Jack Nicklaus 73-72-70-68=283
Justin Leonard 74-73-69-69=285
Darren Clarke 76-73-67-69=285
Tiger Woods 71-72-72-70=285
Colin Montgomerie 71-75-69-70=285
Per-Ulrik Johansson 74-75-67-70=286
Jose Maria Olazabal 70-73-71-72=286
Jay Haas 72-71-71-72=286
Phil Mickelson 74-69-69-74=286
Ian Woosnam 74-71-72-70=287
Scott McCarron 73-71-72-71=287
Mark Calcavecchia 74-74-69-70=287
Ernie Els 75-70-70-72=287
Scott Hoch 70-71-73-73=287
Willie Wood 74-74-70-70=288
a-Matt Kuchar 72-76-68-72=288
Stewart Cink 74-76-69-70=289
John Huston 77-71-70-71=289
Jeff Maggert 72-73-72-72=289
Steve Jones 75-70-75-70=290
David Frost 72-73-74-71=290
Brad Faxon 73-74-71-72=290
Michael Bradley 73-74-72-72=291
Steve Elkington 75-75-71-71=292
Jesper Parnevik 75-73-73-72=293
Andrew Magee 74-72-74-73=293
Phil Blackmar 71-78-75-70=294
Lee Janzen 76-74-72-72=294
Fuzzy Zoeller 71-74-75-74=294
John Daly 77-71-71-75=294
Davis Love III 74-75-67-78=294
Tom Kite 73-74-74-74=295
Bernhard Langer 75-73-74-74=296
Paul Stankowski 70-80-72-74=296
Corey Pavin 73-77-72-75=297
Craig Stadler 79-68-73-77=297
John Cook 75-73-74-76=298
Lee Westwood 74-76-72-78=300
a-Joel Kribel 74-76-76-75=301
Gary Player 77-72-78-75=302

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