For 71 holes, Tom Watson gave us a thrill. Make that 71 1/2 2/5 holes. He was the master. I truly believe had he and Eldrick been in the final pairing, nothing different would have happened during that 71 2/5 holes. The New Old Tom Watson was the master at his craft once again. I would even think Watson doesn’t short arm that putt and if the Open Championship is on the line against the guy he is paired with, Watson sinks it. If you don’t believe me, ask Jack Nicklaus.
I had a great spoof written about Tiger being interviewed and saying obviously the Open Championship had been set up for the old men, noting Watson, Cink and Westwood’s successes. I had a great line about Woods being told Cink and Westwood were only 3 years older than him, and Tiger saying something about them ‘dressing older’ and asking if they were sponsored ‘by Stride Rite or something.’ I just couldn’t make it work after Watson fell apart in the playoff.
I don’t hate Cink. I think he played great golf for all 76 holes. Age didn’t finally catch up with Tom, he just did something that every player that has ever walked on the course has done. Cink didn’t take anything from Tom Watson. Tom Watson left it out on the 18th hole when he short armed an 8 foot putt. Cink didn’t short arm that same putt 30 minutes before Watson played his. That is all and that is all.
Congratulations to Stewart Cink, even if he is a Techie. Thank you Tom Watson…just thank you.