on Jul 19, 2009
Some of us in chat have talked a little about the wonderful/frustrating game of golf. I watched with great interest today as the Open Championship (or British Open, as it is more commonly called here) was concluded. Fifty nine year old Tom Watson (elected to the Golf Hall of Fame 21 years ago!!) led going into the final round. He miraculously went to the final hole with a one stroke lead with several records on the line, not the least of which would be winning this major tournament at his age, an age 11 years greater than the existing record. It is an age when most senior golfers (me included, because I am about 3 months older than he is) are just happy to get thru a round without losing something or getting too confused :).
But I guess his age caught up with him, as he faltered at the end and lost in a two-way playoff. At the press conference after the match, one reporter asked him to help craft the headline they should use for tomorrow's papers - I quote "The old geezer almost won it!" As a fellow old geezer, I say "Damn fine try, Tom, damn fine!