Stewart Cink Defeats Tom Watson in a Playoff to Win the British Open

Tom WatsonThe British Open came down to the wire this weekend as Tom Watson was at his best even though he is a veteran at 59 years old. Watson was near the top of the leader board for the entire weekend but could not seal the deal in the end. Watson was set up with an 8 foot putt for the one and as he was about to become the oldest golfer to win a major, he missed the shot. He shot a par on the hole and was left in a tie with the much younger Stewart Cink as they were forced to take each other on in a 4 hole playoff. It seemed that the storyline of Watson winning was just too good to be true.

As Watson headed into the playoff the crowd was behind him as everyone wanted to see a little bit of history. However Stewart Cink put an end to that dream as he overwhelmed Watson in the playoff. Even though everyone was disappointed Watson was more than happy to ease the mood after an exclaimed that he was still proud of his accomplishments and was impressed with his ability to compete at the top level. It is rare to see such sadness at the end of a major championship but the thousands of fans in attendance were stunned and saddened to see that Watson could not pull it off in the end.

Cink was not at the top of the leader board all weekend until the very last hole when Watson missed the putt. However he jumped on the opportunity and was perfect in the playoff as he started out with two pars, finished with two birdies and put away Watson by six strokes. It is the largest margin of victory all time in a playoff format. In the regular event Cink and Watson tied with a -2 over the course of the week which is the highest winning score of any championship that has been held at Turnberry.

Tags: British Open, Tom Watson, Stewart Cink
Posted: 20th July 2009

News Stewart Cink Defeats Tom Watson in a Playoff to Win the British Open
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