The storybook ending was so close.
Tom Watson held on longer than anyone expected, but it just wasn’t meant to be at another Sunday at Turnberry. He hit what looked like the tournament sealing shot with an 8 iron in to the 18th, only for it to land too far and bound through the green into short rough. Watson used the flat stick but over compensated for the speed, and blew it 8 feet past. His par putt for the championship, was a dishearteningly dreadful effort. It looked like the emotions of the surreal moment were too much for him.
It’s too bad too. For 71 and a half holes, he played beautifully, with the patience, savvy and smooth rhythmic swing that won him 5 British Opens and 8 majors in the prime of his life. This week, well past his prime, he outlasted a lot of talented young men at the top of the sport, and reminded the world that he is one of the greats to ever play.
Tom, we enjoyed the ride.
Westwood had the tournament in his grasp and stumbled, Goggin fell apart late, so did Furyk. Fisher lost it with one bad hole. Watson stood firm and made alot of putts this week, he just couldn’t make one more.. Give Cink credit. He hung in there just outside the lead, and managed to keep it under par. And when he gave himself a birdie look on the 72nd hole, he stepped up and and made the type of putt you have to make to win a major. Tiger did it last year at the Open. Cabrera’s 15 foot parr save at The Masters. Lucas Glover’s birdie at 16 at Bethpage. The list goes on.
The last time Cink, stood over a more important putt in the major was 2001 at Southern Hills. He 3 putted for double bogey, missing out on the Retief Goosen playoff by 1 stroke. Another world class player who the day did not belong to. Of the top 7 players on the board to start the day, Cink was the only one to break par with a 69, and that 1 stroke proved enough to win the title.
Weird year in the majors, with endings that leave us asking what could have been. But what it is, ladies and gentleman is the first major for a deserving player, and person Stewart Cink, who now is validated as the fine talent that he is.
Even if its not champion everyone wanted.
1 major left this season. The way this year is going, I’m thinkin Lee Janzen could be my early favorite. Any other names to dredge up from golf’s past?
Until next time junkies,