Date of Birth:13th January 1957Country:United States

Mark O'Meara

Not surprisingly, given his surname, Mark O'Meara has strong Irish roots and, in fact, was once used in a successful marketing and advertising campaign in the US by Fáilte Ireland to entice Americans to visit Ireland. As a player, O'Meara - one of golf's true gentlemen - resembled a fine wine which got better with age: he captured both the US Masters and the British Open in 1998, some 18 years after he had embarked on a career as a tour player with the backup of a marketing degree from Long Beach State University. Throughout his career, O'Meara was very much a global player and his impressive Curriculum Vitae includes victories in Japan, Argentina, Dubai and Australia . . . . if he is not with a golf club, you'll like find him with rod and net: he is a knowledgeable fly fisherman, with a particular fondness for the river Moy in Co Mayo.