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Tom Watson didn’t walk away from the British empty-handed

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OK, so we know winning the Claret Jug is the only reason one plays in the British Open. But if there’s one other thing you might play for it would surely be those hard to understand World Golf Ranking points. Now I know Watson is far removed from the dreams of playing on the Tour full-time — but if he did want to make a comeback of sorts, he got a giant boost in the right direction on Sunday.

Actually, I take that back. He got a massive boost based on his second place finish on Sunday. How big, exactly? How about 1,269 spots big.

Tom Watson did not leave Scotland on Monday with the Claret Jug, but he did make a record leap in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Watson, 59, who needed only to sink an 8-foot par putt at Turnberry’s final hole on Sunday to clinch his sixth British Open title before losing to Stewart Cink in a four-hole aggregate playoff, moved to 105th in the rankings from 1,374th, a jump of 1,269 spots.

Official World Golf Ranking representatives said it is the biggest one-week jump since the rankings began in 1986.

I know he didn’t win, but that’s a record to be proud of, right? Watson could probably care less about the rankings bump considering he owns eight major championship victories. But don’t you find it kind of surreal that a 59-year-old could jump that many places in one day. He even managed to jump David Duval for God’s sakes! That’s got to be worth something…

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Written by Jonathan Wall

07/20/2009 at 5:46 pm

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