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British Open

Posted on: July 20, 2009 2:56 pm
 
Well, that was amazing, even if it did not end well. Tom Watson provided one of the greatest spectacles we have ever seen in sports.  If he won, it would have been the greatest ever.  Even though he did not finish the job, it was wonderful to be reminded of so many things. It was one of the greatest major championships ever with him and all that surrounded him. The leaderboard was constantly moving and changing the entire day.  Stewart Cink won it, and he won it because of the way that he played 18. He birdied it when almost no one else did so.  So many other guys were not able to do that. Once the playoff started, I think we all knew that Watson was cooked.  He could not play four more holes for so many different reasons well.  This will go down in the top 10 if not top 5 majors ever.
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Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2009 5:09 pm
 

British Open

I agree on all points.  I think that Tom has never really been the same since the last time that they went to Turnberry in 1994 when he could not make a putt on the back nine.  The putter left him there and it showed up at the worst possible time on Sunday.  Stewart is probably the nicest guy on tour, which is nice because he was born in Alabama, although he did go to Georgia Tech.  Thanks for reading my blog entry. Please encourage other people to read it if they are interested.



Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2009 5:06 pm
 

British Open

It was very similar to Kenny Perry back in 1996 at the PGA Championship and this year at the Masters.  The difference is that Tom has eight majors and Kenny has nary a one.  Tom can sleep a little easier than Kenny can for so many different reasons. Thanks for reading my blog entry. Please tell more people to read if they are interested.



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2009 5:03 pm
 

British Open

Watson's performance was incredible despite not winning.  I did not watch the playoff because I felt it was a foregone conclusion; Tom was mentally shot after bogeying the 72nd hole.  Considering the fact that he had a hip replacement last fall, Watson's performance was pretty amazing.  The fact that he's kept himself in excellent physical condition of course contributed to his ability to contend and nearly win at 59.  I am old enough to remember all of Watson's major wins, and the fact that he was always in great shape when working out was not the norm on the PGA tour as it is today.

Another interesting note-  Before winning his first British Open in 1975, Watson was considered by some to be a "choker" because he had lost final round leads in two majors prior.  I most remember the US Open in 1974, known as the "Massacre at Winged Foot", where he led after three rounds before finishing with a 79 to place fourth or fifth.  (Hale Irwin won at 7 OVER.)  Of course, Watson was still only 25 when he won at Carnoustie in'75, so the choker label was ridiculous.  Anyway, nice post and a terrific tournament.  If Watson couldn't win, at least one of the nicest guys on tour, and a fine player in Stewart Cink did. 




Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2009 4:34 pm
 

British Open

Having gone to college with Tom, I might be a little prejudice,but who cares? People are still talking about his nerves,pressure of the last putt...etc. The man played in the final group not once,or twice. But all FOUR rounds! The greens at their toughest. Being dried out,bumpy. He endured each day with the bulls eye on his back. When he stiffed it on the 71st. hole, I was so jacked, I thought I had made the putt myself. Just par the 18th and it's yours! Then, a flashback hits. 71st. hole PGA Championship. Kenny Perry hits the shot of his life, makes birdie. Needs only to par the 18th and the Championship is his. We know what happened next.He couldn't find the green with a CIA SAT. That was nerves and pressure at it's best. Watson, however,lost not because of the nerves or pressure of the putt.It was the adrenalin laced 8 iron that airmailed the green.If he could play any shot over on that hole,I doubt very seriously it would be the putt...He played one of the greatest tournaments ever. It was the best I've seen that's for sure!
Wonder if he talked to Kenny Perry this week?




Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2009 11:20 am
 

British Open

Stewart did what Tom could not.  He made a big putt on 18. The playoff was just an elongated funeral for him, even though he said it was not.  He is one of the nicest guys on the PGA Tour. It is good to see that he finally has a major and won't be remembered completely for Southern Hills back in 2001. Thanks for reading my blog. Please tell other people to read it as often as possible.



Since: Jul 31, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2009 4:52 am
 

British Open

Simply Awesome.  ABC better thank Tom Watson because he saved their weekend with Tiger out.  Stewart Cink did what he had to and won, congratulations. 



Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2009 1:04 am
 

British Open

Last year's U.S. Open did top this one. That is definitely in the top 5 all-time majors.  Thanks for reading something in my blog. You are the first to comment on one of my topics.  Please tell more people to read my blog. I welcome almost all comments.



Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2009 9:20 pm
 

British Open

As a fello blogger and gold fan, it was very good, and pulling for Watson I was very upset in the playoff when he cackled under the pressure, and when he missed that "easy" putt, although I agree it was a very good major one of the top five of this decade, last year when Tiger won in the playoff before knee surgery tops this one though.


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