Mark O'Meara says Tiger Woods will be different in majors in 2014

Mark O'Meara talks Tiger. (USATSI)
Mark O'Meara talks Tiger. (USATSI)

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Mark O'Meara played in the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge pro-am on Wednesday and Robert Lusetich of Fox Sports caught up with him afterwards to talk about what everyone wants to talk about.

Tiger Woods.

"He won five times this year, played OK in the majors for him, but I know he’s all about the majors," said O'Meara. "I know his desire to win those events, and he didn’t do it."

However, O'Meara says 2014 bodes well for the 14-time major winner.

"Pinehurst he always plays well, Valahalla he won at, and [at] Hoylake we saw what he did last time the Open Championship was played there (in 2006).

"When you win on a course, you have good, fond memories of the place, and that counts for something, it really does. So, yes, I think next year’s a big year for him, for sure."

Then he said something that it feels like everybody says at the end of almost every single season.

"I think he’s going to be a different player at the majors next year."

Maybe O'Meara has a point.

Here's how Woods finished last time majors were held at the 2014 venues:

Masters (Augusta) -- Fourth in 2013
US Open (Pinehurst) -- Second in 2005
British Open (Royal Liverpool) -- First in 2006
PGA Championship (Valhalla) -- First in 2000

That does elicit hope for Woods in 2014.

Lusetich finishd with a great quote from the two-time major winner O'Meara.

"I asked O’Meara if he thought Woods would win a major in 2014.

'I think he could win two,' he said.

Why?

'Because he’s got a gift,' he said. 'He’s got such a great gift.'"

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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