19
Jul
09

Tom Watson Leads the Open

watsonFor much of the third round at Turnberry today, Tom Watson showed the whippersnappers how to hit a golf ball off the pinched seaside turf. He shaped his shots with the precision of Rodin knocking a few chips out of a block of marble. Watson has been telling us all week that he can win this darned thing and we are finally starting to believe him.
We thought TW might win the Open this year, but we did not think TW would turn out to be Tom Watson. He said: “This old geezer might have a chance to win the tournament. It’s like Greg Norman last year. I know that my friend Jack [Nicklaus] is watching. It would be something special if I do what I intend to do.”
Watson revealed that as he walked up the 18th fairway he told his caddie: “Bruce is with us today.” Bruce is Watson’s former caddie Bruce Edwards, who died of Lou Gehrig’s disease a few years ago. It was a wonder that Watson could still two-putt through the tears.
Asked if he would be nervous going into the final round, Watson said: “I didn’t feel real nervous out there today. I guess serene is the right word for it. It ended on a real good note again. I feel like my nerves are too well fried to feel [any more]. Let’s just go with what I got.”

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