Tom Watson is still living in 1977
What is it about the British Open that causes former golfing greats to revert back to their glory years? Last year it was Norman at Royal Birkdale; now this year we’ve got Tom Watson trying to recreate history at Turnberry with the same precision shots that saw him walk away from the champion at the 1977 British Open better known as the “Duel in the Sun”.
Watson’s Turnberry love affair continued on the first day or the tournament, as the 60 year-old hit all 14 fairways en route to a 5-under 65 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday morning. Even players on the course were commenting on Watson’s fantastic opening round.
“That was very cool to watch,” Stricker said. “It gives hope to everybody that you can continue to play well in your later years.”
Calling Watson’s round cool just about sums it up. In an age where golfing phenoms seem to be taking over the sport, it’s always great to see a player of Watson’s pedigree come out there and let everyone know that he’s still got the game to compete on the biggest stage.
“Obviously I enjoyed it. I played very well, kept the ball in play, made a few putts. The course was defenseless today,” Waston said. “As a result, you’re seeing a lot of scores under par. I suspect by the end of the day, 65 will not be in the lead.”
65 is still leading at the moment, so anything’s possible. Whatever happens the rest of the week with regards to Watson, I think we’ll all remember Turnberry not just for the winner at the end of the week, but also for the clinic Watson put on Thursday morning.