Tom Watson Shut Down on Sixth Title Win

Tom WatsonTom Watson must be pretty upset with Stewart Cink right about now. He was hoping to take home his sixth British Open title last week, but instead was forced into a playoff with Stewart Cink that costs him his record. The playoff came after Cink sunk a 15 foot birdie on the 72nd hole and Watson didn't make an eight foot putt for par at the 72nd. It must have shook Tom Watson up, because he ended up with one wrong shot after another in the playoff that lasted for four holes. The end result? Stewart Cink taking home the seventeen inch silver trophy called the Claret Jug.

Cink birdied on the final two holes and secured his very first major championship, ending up ahead by six shots. Watson ended up tied with a 2 under par score and was quoted as saying that the dream almost came true. Watson had his left hip replaced just a little under a year ago, and was playing like his old self. His old self included five Open wins and a battle against jack Nicklaus in 1977 when he won by endin up 65-65 against Nicklaus' 65-66.

Throughout the majority of the tournament, Watson's experience showed as he dominated the other golfers on the field. But after 71 holes, the pressure must have gotten to him, anticipating the record of being the oldest golfer, to win a major championship, the nearest to that being a margin of 11 years. On the 72nd hole is when things went bad. As for Stewart Cink, he said that is usually the guy that the crowd isn't rooting for. He said he's not ashamed of taking the title away from Watson, nor is he disappointed that he won.


Tags: British Open, Stewart Cink, Tom Watson, jack Nicklaus
Posted: 24th July 2009

News Tom Watson Shut Down on Sixth Title Win
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