O'Meara, a two-time major champion, has been for years Tiger's closest friend on tour. He's played enough with the 14-time major winner to know the condition of his game and he's optimistic about his friend's chances over the next couple days.
"The kid just needs to keep playing his game," O'Meara said. "He's won a few of these things. He's done this. It's like riding a bike. He's had trials and tribulations, just like everybody else, but he hasn't forgotten how to win. The wins at Bay Hill and Memorial were really good for him."
The 55-year-old O'Meara withdrew from the Masters earlier this year after a practice round with Woods because of a rib injury. He hasn't played since then but he's looking forward to heading over to the British Open next month, where he won at Birkdale in 1998.
For now O'Meara said he is looking forward to seeing what his good buddy will do at Olympic. In 1998, O'Meara finished in a tie for 32nd here a few months after winning the Masters.
"The kid might not win this week," O'Meara said, "but he'll win again."
Farrell Evans covers golf for ESPN and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.