Mark O'Meara shoots 4-under 67 at British Open

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Who?!

Yes, Mark O'Meara shot a 4-under-par 67 at Muirfield on Thursday and will probably find himself one off the lead at the end of the day following the first round of the British Open. As a reminder here's a look at how O'Meara's previous 13 Opens have gone since he won in 1998:

1999 -- Cut
2000 -- T26
2001 -- T42
2002 -- T22
2003 -- T65
2004 -- T30
2005 -- Cut
2006 -- T63
2007 -- T60
2008 -- Cut
2009 -- T70 
2010 -- Cut
2011 -- Cut
2012 -- DNP 

Nothing to really write home about.

And yet he almost tied Zach Johnson for the round of the day if not for a putt on No. 18 that lipped out hard (see above). I'm sure O'Meara was happy to tap in for par and his 67.

Here's a look at O'Meara's scorecard:

That eagle on No. 17 was from about 30 feet and barely trickled in to a resounding roar from the Scottish crowd and a nice fist pump from the 56-year-old O'Meara.

There's a history of former British Open winners in their late 50s competing of late. A 59-year-old Tom Watson famously lost by one to Stewart Cink in 2009 at Turnberry. 

That year, Watson shot a 65 in the first round and trailed Miguel Angel Jimenez by one. This year, O'Meara shot a 66 and is tied with Jimenez after the first round.

I don't think O'Meara is going to win this thing, but the symmetry is pretty great.

h/t Shane Bacon on that Vine

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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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