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O'Meara tips Woods & Duval

Mark O'Meara, who defends his Masters title next month, believes Tiger Woods and David Duval have the talent to join an exclusive club.

Only four men in golfing history - Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Players - have won all four major championships in their career.

O'Meara, halfway towards becoming the fifth after also capturing the Open last season, said: "I would take a bet on Tiger doing it and the same with David.

"We possibly won't see somebody win all four in one season (nobody has done that yet), but in a career I'd say definitely.

"Some of the young guys today believe there's no reason why not. But you've not only got to play extremely good golf - each tournament has special needs and sometimes it takes experience to develop that.

"In the Masters you've got to putt well and manage yourself well. In the US Open you've got to sacrifice distance to keep the ball in play. In the Open you've got to control ball flight in windy conditions and not let the conditions get to you. And in the US PGA it's the same as the US Open."

Woods has so far only won the Masters - in 1997 at the age of 21 - while Duval has yet to win a major, finishing joint second behind O'Meara last April at Augusta.

As for his own hopes of a career Grand Slam the 42-year-old O'Meara, who birdied three of the last four holes to triumph, commented: "I hope to have two or three more good years - and maybe I'm a late bloomer."

He returned to Augusta last week for the first time since his win and encountered something different - rough. At one and 3/8 inches it does not compare to anything players have to cope with at the other three majors, but coupled with some tees being pushed back it will almost certainly lead to higher scores in three weeks' time.

 

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