by Jeff Skinner
It’s déjà vu all over again. Tom Watson has worked his Major Magic once again at The Masters. After telling everyone who would listen that he would have to be perfect to compete at Augusta he lights up the course with a five under 67 on a course that he says is too long for him. I got one word for you Tom: bologna. You got this course figured out.
Augusta is a course much like St. Andrews and Turnberry where knowledge and experience can save you a dozen strokes over the course of a tournament. Watson knows this course well, he won the darn thing twice. In 1977 he won here and then went on to beat Nicklaus at Turnberry in The Open Championship nicknamed The Duel in the Sun. He took his second green jacket home in 1981. Watson may think he can’t win here but his buddy Jack Nicklaus does and he told him so this week.
Watson kept us spell bound for 71 and a half holes at Turnberry last year when a poor bounce from a good shot cost him his sixth Open Championship. It was being billed as the biggest win in sports history if he had won last July. If he can play this well in round one who’s to say he can’t grab a little more magic from the golf gods over the next few rounds.
Tommy holds the lead at -5 halfway through the first round. Augusta is a magical place and Watson is a sixty year old magician. Let’s see if he can keep us all under his spell the rest of the week.