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March 28, 2013

Mark O'Meara breaks Augusta rules to text Tiger from Amen Corner

Posted at 3:15 PM by Mike Walker | Categories: Augusta National, Billy Payne, Mark O'Meara, Tiger Woods

Omeara_300Even Masters champions get a little nervous about breaking out their cell phones at Augusta National.

Mark O'Meara, the 1998 champion, was playing a tune-up round at Augusta National on Sunday, and when he got to the 12th tee, he risked violating the club's no-cell-phone policy to check to see how his old fishing buddy Tiger Woods was getting on at Bay Hill.

Q. You said you texted Tiger after he won Bay Hill?

MARK O'MEARA: I was on the 12th green at Augusta National on Monday. You got to be very careful, as we all know, at Augusta. I don't want Mr. Payne to be upset at me. I was back on the back of the green and pulled out my phone to see that he had won by 2. I fired him a text. I said, awesome, great No. 8 and No. 1. That's all I said.

And after risking the ire of club chairman Billy Payne, it turned out that O'Meara didn't even get a text back from his old pal.

Q. Any reply?

MARK O'MEARA: Unfortunately I have to have a little discussion with my friend because I didn't get a reply. So I'm not really real pleased with my buddy right now. I felt like sending a text, hey, no love, what's the deal? He's an interesting guy from the standpoint I was getting off the elevator in Mississippi on Saturday after first round, I shot 70 and I was two, three shots off the lead. I played with Langer and Fred the first day. I clipped the two guys. I get a text on my phone saying, hey, nice playing, dude. Wow. This is really nice. Dude, are you turning over a new leaf, my man. We kid back and forth. We stay in touch, but not like it once was.

Photo: Mark O'Meara at the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif., in March (Getty Images).

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