Tom Watson’s bid to become the oldest player to win the Open Championship
Tom Watson’s bid to become the oldest player to win the Open Championship was brought to a crashing end at Turnberry yesterday when the 59-year-old was heavily beaten in a four-hole play-off by Stewart Cink, his fellow American.
It was a bitterly disappointing finish for the five-times Open champion, who had an eight-foot putt for victory on the last hole of regulation play and did not even threaten the hole. His embarrassed smile said it all. His chance to make history had gone.
It is 32 years since Watson won the Open at Turnberry in what was dubbed the “Duel in the Sun” with Jack Nicklaus, his great rival. But even that achievement would have paled into insignificance had he succeeded in rewriting the record books on the beautiful Ayrshire links.
Watson had played miraculous, intelligent golf for almost the whole four days, but came up short when it mattered most. His approach to the final green looked perfect, but it ran long, finished in fluffy rough and suddenly presented him with a problem.