British Open ’09 – Watson (Almost) Shoots His Age, Takes Early Lead

Tom Watson, age 59, made the most of calm conditions and carded a 5-under 65 to take the early lead at the British Open. Many may be surprised by not Watson: “I was playing well in the practice rounds, and I felt I would play very well this week,” he said after.

He’s done well at Turnberry before. He edged Jack Nicklaus by one stroke to win the Open at Turnberry in ’77, and also finished with a 65 in the second round there in 1994.

This Caveman is reminded of another legend’s performance at last year’s Open, when Greg Norman held the lead through 54 holes. He fell off on the last day of course, and golf fans know the first day lead doesn’t mean much come Sunday. Still, I’ll be keepin’ an eye on the Leaderboard and watching for Watson!

Rock Heads: What are Tom Watson’s chances to win this thing? Have YOU ever shot your age?

– Scratch The Caveman

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