THIS IS NO LONGER “a nice story.” This old fella Tom Watson is angling for a sixth Claret Jug, which would tie him with the legendary Harry Vardon for most British Open titles. Are you kidding me?
If Watson holds it together and wins on Sunday, 59-year-olds all over the Third Planet will feel a tiny bit invincible on Monday.
As for me, I’m in golf shock. I still don’t think my mind has fully comprehended what my senses are telling me: Tom Watson, winner of the 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982 and 1983 British Opens, is leading the 2009 British Open after 54 holes. Are we in some kind of weird golf time warp?
Tiger Woods misses a cut in a major. Tom Watson is leading at Turnberry. Still. On Saturday night. I’m wondering how much more shock my golf senses can take.
My dad even called from California this morning. “Neil,” he said, “I was just sitting here watching the British Open and I had to call someone to talk about it. What do you think about Tom Watson?” I said all the obvious things. He has a lot of experience. He knows how to play links golf. He makes good decisions. Blah, blah, blah. I heard my words, but I still couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
Jack Nicklaus made some serious noise at the 1998 Masters, finishing in a sixth-place tie at the age of 58. Sam Snead tied for third in the 1974 PGA Championship at the ripe old age of 62. But this, golf fans, is uncharted waters.
By the way, does anybody know what happened to that young whippersnapper from last year … Greg Norman?
−The Armchair Golfer
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