Tarheeltalker

Tom, Tiger and Turnberry

Tom Watson, 1977 British Open winner(btvision.bt.com)

Tom Watson, 1977 British Open winner(btvision.bt.com)

I know I should wait on this post, cause I don’t want to jinx the old geezer as he called himself. I just think it is the coolest thing that Tom Watson is leading the British open after 3 rounds. At 59( only a wee bit older than me)  he is the oldest player ever in this position. He has already won 5 times at the Open, most recently way back in  1983, a lifetime  ago in professional sports.

Yes, I know Tiger has already flown home. I think the  jinx stemming from  my post prior to the U S  Open is still having an effect. Tom is still there and had to cancel a commitment to do television commentary on the last 2 rounds. In the grand scheme of things, golf wise, it is a bigger story that Tiger missed only his second cut at a major since turning pro. But Watson thus far has been a great story and will be even if he does not win. On behalf of old geezers everywhere, golfer and non- golfer alike, I’m roting for “Huck Finn.”

Just remember, the course that was heavily used as an airfield in WW II was also home to the 1977 “duel in the sun” between Watson and Nicklaus, won by Watson. So, remember your history, Ailsa, and serve one more claret jug to Tom Watson.

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July 18, 2009 - Posted by | Sports | , , , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. If he loses, THT, I’m coming after you to remove your spleen with a dull putter. 🙂

    Comment by larrys | July 18, 2009 | Reply

  2. Uh oh a playoff. This is killing me.

    Comment by larrys | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  3. Crap…. he’s in calf-high rough…. not looking good for your spleen, THT.

    Comment by larrys | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  4. Oh, well… that putt on 18 is gonna haunt him for awhile. But damn, it was fun while it lasted!

    Comment by larrys | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  5. Uh, Mr Watson, sir, I am very sorry. At least you and Tiger have something in common.

    Comment by tarheeltalker | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  6. NEW RULE: “THT cannot post about a golf tournament until it is officially concluded.”

    Comment by larrys | July 19, 2009 | Reply


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