Watson Leading British Open

I wanted to post about this later to allow the game post some time to rest atop the blog for anyone interested in discussing today’s win, but this demands immediate attention.  In an amazing story, Tom Watson is leading the British Open by a stroke heading into the final round tomorrow. I will tune in after my morning run.  Watson is 59, has won at Turnberry before (1977) in a famous duel with fellow legend Jack Nicklaus, and has held the lead through much of the tournament.  Oh yeah, he also had hip replacement surgery nine months ago.  Yet here he is, 18 holes from yet another major, which would be his ninth.  Just an amazing feat thus far.

Also worth mentioning is the seeming regenerative power The Open has had for aging golf legends.  Last year, Greg Norman led The Open heading into the final round at the age of 53, ultimately finishing tied for third.  Already Watson’s accomplishment has not only matched that of “The Shark” but also that of other legends, such as Ben Hogan who, at the age of 54 was in the hunt at the 1967 Masters.

Win or lose, Watson has been nothing short of dazzling.  Personally, I’d love to see him win it.  If he did, it would be one of the greatest feats in the history of golf, if not all of sports.

Published in: on July 18, 2009 at 7:13 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. well i care nothing for golf but this is quite a story- i’ll certainly be rooting for him. i know my dad is. he and my uncle are really into the ‘sport”

  2. I’m not a huge golf fan either, Mike. I’m more of the opinion that it is a game rather than a sport, although there are some athletic golfers. So I concur with your putting sport in quotation marks.

    Right now, it’s in a four-hole playoff with Watson and Cink squaring off after Watson made bogey at 18, alas.

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