MARK O'MEARA: You know, a player of Bruce Lietzke's caliber and what he did in professional golf, you can't help but admire it. The guy had his priorities right. Could he have been a better player? Maybe he would have been. Maybe if he would have come out and grinded, he would have been worse. I think it's a mix.
My feeling is that the Tour has grown immensely in the 25 years I've played out here, and my passion for fishing has gone from bass fishing like Bruce Lietzke did I remember when I first got on the Tour, I thought, if I make any money on the Tour I'd love to buy a bass boat. I remember my first year on the Tour I made a little money and the second year I bought Andy Bean's bass boat and I bought it in Florida and I towed it all the way back to California. My dad told me, "You don't want to buy a boat; you're not home that much, just rent one. Why would you buy one?" I said, "Well, I love to fish." It's a great hobby.
So I bought Andy Bean's bass boat and I drove it home and then the engine blew up and I called Andy and I had to buy a new engine.
I've always enjoyed it. I get out there, and when I'm fishing, whether I'm fly fishing now that I have that going on, I think of nothing else. My mind is totally at ease, totally free.
If you didn't have something, I mean, I think every player out here, most every player has an out like that. Tiger now is an expert diver and a big spear fisherman when he's on his yacht, and when he's down under water the fish don't know who he is. They're not asking for his autograph. They're not yelling, "Ti ger, looook oooverrr heeeeere." Those fish don't know who Tiger Woods is, nor do they care.
I think it's just something that if you have something outside of golf, it's good, besides the fact that you try to be a good father and a good parent.
Q. How many rods do you have?
MARK O'MEARA: I probably have over 100 fly rods. I have a problem. I'm confessing right now (laughter). You know how people have problem drinking and people have a problem with smoking or drugs, I have a problem with fly fishing rods.
Q. How about golf clubs?
MARK O'MEARA: Well, I have a lot of golf clubs, but I don't care about that. I care about what could be the newest fly rod out there or new reel. I probably have over 40 spay rods and then probably 60 reels or something. Listen, I have a whole pro shop at home of fly gear. If any of you are ever in Park City, you don't need to go to the trout store first. You come to my little place and I'll have you totally outfitted and we'll go fly fishing and have a ball.
DAVE SENKO: Thanks, Mark.
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