Tom Watson would not agree with what I am about to say. His position of standing alone atop the leader board at the 2009 British Open at the age of 59 (he turns 60 in September) and after having hip replacement surgery last October is one of the greatest sporting achievements in history, regardless of his position at the end of the day on Sunday. Watson would only agree if he is holding the champions trophy tomorrow.
I am completely blown away. This rivals and almost surpasses Nicklaus’ victory at the 1986 Masters. The guy is 60 years old and is beating the best in the world at a major. If you don’t understand golf, then you just can’t understand what this means. His first round was amazing and the fact that he remained on top at the end of the second day was beyond belief. But that he stands alone as the leader at the end of the third day is just impossible. But there he is.
So here is to Tom Watson, who regardless of his play tomorrow, has pulled off one of the greatest sporting achievements of all time.