July 15, 2011
There isn't another person alive today that you could say is a better links golfer than Tom Watson. Now 61 years old, Watson has taken home five Claret Jugs, and nearly won this tournament at the ripe age of 59, before falling in a playoff to Stewart Cink back in 2009.
And while he has a ton of his own memories, Thursday was reserved for another Tom, this time, Lewis, a 20-year-old amateur named for Mr. Watson that was paired with the past champion and shot the lowest score ever by a non-professional. Thursday might have been the Lewis show, but Friday showed once again that Watson can still bring the magic to this tournament.
[The R&A made us pull this video. Sorry for the inconvenience. Just use your imagination.]
That video was Watson's tee shot on the par-3 sixth, that took one hop, and disappeared for the second hole-in-one of the week at Royal St. George's, and has helped get Watson in the conversation here in Sandwich. It was a 4-iron from 178 yards, and doesn't need much more from us than a good golf clap.
How can you not smile when you see Watson celebrate? The guy just sweats class.