Tom Watson is playing the role of Tiger Woods
Just how big was Tom Watson’s 75-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole this afternoon? I don’t think anyone knows for sure; but what I am sure of is the fact that Tom Watson could single-handedly save this year’s British Open. I’ll get to the reason in an article that I’m working on at the moment.
When Watson fired a 5-under 65 in the opening round, the entire golfing world cheered. I mean how cool was it to see the 1977 champions back to his swashbuckling self — if even for one day? It was beyond cool. To me, it was history being made.
Well it looks like Watson isn’t going away anytime soon. After a poor start to the day’s round, Watson fought back with that grit we’ve seen from him countless times over his career. And if you needed a reason to cheer for this guy (you’d be heartless to not cheer for Watson), that 75-foot bomb on the final hole should have done the job.
Watson is tied atop the leaderboard at 5-under with Steve Marino, and based on the way things are going for him this week, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him playing in the final group on Sunday. Plus, the tournament may need him to boost weekend ratings with a certain player (initials: TW) currently on the wrong side of the cutline…