It is the final round of the open championship (golf) at Turnberry today and Tom Watson has, exactly as I type this, just hit his shot off the first tee into the middle of the fairway. Tom was the overnight leader at -4 and he knows the course well so it would not be too surprising if he were to go on and win. It would not be too surprising that is if he wasn’t a 59 year old golfing legend who won his last open championship in 1983 and his last open on the same course at Turnberry in 1977. Can he repeat that victory after a gap of 32 years?
Turnberry Ailsa Course – 10th green
Tom was the world’s #1 ranked golfer from ’78 to ’82 and was squeezed in the spotlight between the one and only Jack Nicklaus and the equally legendary Seve Ballesteros. He’s won the open championship a total of five times in his tally of eight major victories. Some of the senior players have had decent runs in majors outside of their peak years but I can’t remember any of them coming this close to actually winning. It really would be major back-page news if he could keep it going today. Best of luck to him!
If he can’t keep it going, then we still have a possible “fairy-tale” open result with Ross Fisher winning for England. Ross’s wife, Jo, is expecting to give birth to their first child at any moment (about 5 days late so far) and he’s already threatened to drop clubs and leave in previous rounds if he gets the call. Will he leave if he’s likely to win the open? I notice Ross is the pro at Wentworth, one of my favourite courses that I played often when I lived in the UK so I’m warming to him!
LIVE EDIT – Fisher is playing well with a couple of birdies and is now leading the championship having gone to -5 while Watson is doing the opposite and has dropped a few shots to go down to -2.
There are others in contention of course, a Tasmanian called Goggin for example who might be a good winner for the Aussies as retaliation for losing the Ashes (as looks likely). Of course there’s always the other English interest in Lee Westwood, time he won a major, surely? Stewart Cink another one not to be ruled out.
So, a 59 year old legend with nothing to prove, a young guy who’s filled with the adrenaline of imminent fatherhood or neither of them? Should be interesting.
PS – for American readers, the Open Championship is called the British Open in your language. We call it THE Open because it was where it all started back in 1860 (as opposed to the U.S Open which started in 1895)! ;)