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Tiger's buddy O'Meara ties, but loses


        Mark O'Meara is 0-for-57 in his Champions Tour career, although No. 57 seems like a really bad break.

         It appeared that O'Meara had been rejuvenated by playing practice rounds with Tiger Woods at Augusta--"This is what it's all about," O'Meara quoted Woods as saying about practicing together, as they had for years when they were neighbors, fellow IMG clients and practically inseparable fellow PGA Tour golfers.

           The greatest beneficiary of that relationship was Hank Haney, O'Meara's teacher, who became friendly with Woods and eventually became Tiger's high-profile teacher. You can't walk into a golf store without seeing a bunch of Haney merchandise. I wrote a column today about Haney's international golf academy.

           Anyway, O'Meara led the Outback tournament on the Champions Tour on Friday and led part of the second round Saturday. He finished one shot behind Bernhard Langer, who birdied the final hole.

             Play started today and O'Meara chipped in birdie on the first hole to tie Langer. The latter high-fived O'Meara on the great shot. But the rains started to pour down. They didn't finish the round and tournament officials reverted to the most recent complete round (as baseball rules revert to the last finished inning during a rainout). So Langer was declared the winner.

              Tough break.

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