Hard to watch Tom Watson lose in British Open playoff, but what a thrill he gave us till then

July 19, 2009

Tom Watson(ChattahBox) — It was nearly the Cinderella story of all time. There was Tom Watson in the middle of the fairway on the 18th hole of the British Open needing to make par to win the championship. Even as his approach shot trickled off the green, if he could get down in two he would win. And then finally the 59-year-old, stood over an 8-foot par putt Sunday evening on the final hole, one glorious stroke away from becoming the oldest major champion in history. That last putt never had a chance.
And little more than an hour later, in the playoff a likely exhausted Watson wilted.

Still it was a glorious run and kept many of us who tend to bail when Tiger Woods is not in the picture, watch a magical run. Stewart Cink, who made a clutch 12-foot birdie on the final hole of regulation, took advantage of Watson’s missed opportunity to win the playoff and get his first major. Cink is a talented ball striker and a fine gentleman so good for him. There are a lot of similarities in his game and that of Englishman Lee Westwood. Westwood was unable to seize a glorious opportunity to bring the Claret Jug back to England after so many years. He inexplicably failed to two putt in the last hole, which in hind-site would have also gotten him in the playoffs. Still no one will forget what Tom Watson’s performance this week. I think it removes any doubt that champions of the past like Nicklaus, Watson, Player, etc. were every bit as good or better then the players of today.


2 Responses to “Hard to watch Tom Watson lose in British Open playoff, but what a thrill he gave us till then”

  1. Addiction Analyst on July 20th, 2009 11:05 am

    I heard one TV analyst say that he wanted to get the name of Tom’s pharmacist, meaning, of course, that you can’t be that capable at 59 without the use of drugs or at least hormone therapy. This is selling Tom short on his accomplishments. I have seen years of experience with athletes that have tried to excel with the use of drugs and it doesn’t work in golf and certainly doesn’t help reduce the effects of age. Tom has done this the old fashion way, with work and determination.

  2. Andy on July 20th, 2009 2:50 pm

    It was very hard to watch the playoff for me, I watched the whole round and was rooting for Tom all the way.

    When he had the put on 18 for the title, I didn’t think he would putt it like he did. It didn’t have a chance. I thought he’d go for it and hit it harder and more at the hole.

    When they were starting the playoff I had a feeling what did happen would, and I was sad that it did.

    Coming in 2nd though was still amazing, and I’ll remember this for a long time.

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