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Tom Watson saves the British Open

July 18, 2009

Normally when Tiger Woods isn’t in contention during a major golf tournament, everybody turns away.  For only the second time in his career, Tiger Woods missed the cut in a major.  Luckily, Tom Watson decided to turn back the clock a few years.  The 59 year old heads into Sunday atop the leader board at -4.  Watson has won 8 major championships in his illustrious career, the most remembered being the 1977 Open Championship held at Turnberry.  Watson went on to defeat Jack Nicklaus that year, and 32 years later he is looking to march to triumph in the same place.  This would be Watson’s first major championship since he won the 1983 Open.  I will be cheering for the old geezer to take this one down.  The beauty of golf at a course like Turnberry is that you don’t have to drive a ball 300 yards to have success.  The course is short, the ball rolls a lot, and Tiger Woods has been eliminated.  Ross Fisher, who is tied in second with Matthew Gogglin might not even be playing.  His wife is expecting a child in London, and he says his top priority is being beside her while she gives birth.  Everything seems to be lining up for Tom Watson.  He seems to be steady Eddie out there, and I can’t see emotions getting the best of him.  Experience and knowledge go a long way in sports, and I expect to see Tom Watson make history tomorrow at Turnberry.



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