54-year-old Mark O’Meara two shots back at the Players

Lost in a pile of Tiger Woods talk on Thursday afternoon was a pretty incredible opening round story. Unless you were paying attention, however, you probably glossed over a name sitting two shots back of the lead on Thursday -- that name, of course, being Mark O'Meara.

Remember that guy? The 54-year-old two-time major champion, who hasn't played full-time on the PGA Tour since 2007, found a fountain of youth on Thursday, hitting just 12 greens on the day but finishing with an eye-popping 24 putts that produced seven birdies to finish the first round at 6-under, just two shots back of Nick Watney.

A lot has changed since O'Meara made his last start at the Players in 2003. In those eight years, players have gotten stronger and the equipment has gotten better. But none of that seemed to matter for the current Champions Tour member, who used his course knowledge to put together the biggest opening round shock next to Woods' WD.

The big question now is if O'Meara can keep the momentum going for four days. As we've seen in the past with some of the current tour vets -- like Fred Couples -- most can hang around for the first few days, but by Sunday, the back and the game start to go in the wrong direction.

That's not to say O'Meara can't win this week; Fred Funk won the 2005 Players at the age of 48. But with so many big names near the top, there's a good chance he'll fade by the weeekend. Regardless, it's still pretty amazing to see one of the old guys keeping up with the generation now -- even if it's only for one round.

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