OMeara reports on his practice round with Woods


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Tiger Woods and Mark O’Meara continued to renew their bond Tuesday in a practice round at the Masters.

O’Meara, Woods’ closest friend on the PGA Tour for the longest time, said he lost contact with Woods in recent time. Before this Masters, they had not seen each other since the British Open. They seem to be picking up where they left off.

Woods used his cell phone camera Tuesday to take video of O’Meara’s putting stroke.

“I had a little bit of a loop with my putting stroke, so he wanted to film me and show it back to me,” O’Meara said. “I feel like in my 30 years in professional golf, Tiger Woods had a big impact on me and I might not have won this tournament in ’98 without him. And I believe I had an impact on him.

“In difficult times, you try to lean on your friends. I consider myself a friend, and I will be there for him.”

O’Meara said fans received Woods well again in their practice round. He said Woods played well.

“You can never bet against him,” O’Meara said. “It’s just a matter of being comfortable and trusting it. Confidence is a big thing in this game even at Tiger Woods’ level. It takes a little time to develop, but I liked what I saw from him.”