by Jeff Skinner
Tom Watson continued his wonderful play this week at The Senior Open Championship. He finished T3 and three strokes back of winner Russ Cochran and if it wasn’t for a poor opening round of 75 he might have claimed his fourth Senior Open Championship.
Watson has been in the headlines ever since he captivated the sports world with his amazing performance at the 2009 Open Championship. It seems like Watson has had as much press lately as those Kardashians but at least Tom deserves the publicity. While the Kardashian clan may be a mainstay of TMZ and nightclubs, Watson makes his name with a different club, a golf club.
Watson is golf’s version of Dorian Gray, he’s ageless. At 61 he is still competing with golfers that could be his grandsons. The past two weeks with Watson on his favorite turf, links turf, he once again has shown that golf is the game of a lifetime.
He was front and center at The Open Championship as he aced the sixth hole on his way to a tie for 22nd, not Turnberry but still relevant. This week he stood up to the test of the Senior Open Championship as the 61 year old Watson finished just behind a 52 year old Cochran and a 51 year old Mark Calcavecchia.
He already has a major win this year at The Senior PGA Championship and has three top tens in seven tournaments. If you think he has lost that “competitive fire’ forget it. He finished his last round in a frantic charge for the lead: 3-3-3-3. That’s birdie, birdie, par, birdie for a closing 67 and that’s about as good as it gets.
Watson has also had a big presence on television off the course as well. He’s been on multiple shows on The Golf Channel form talk to instructional shows and he even did a bit of studio commentary on ESPN’s Open Championship coverage. He also has been hawking his instructional DVD and his new book. As far as I’m concerned, more power to him.
Watching Watson play and talk links golf is a pleasure to be cherished. I know Kim Kardashian might be a bit easier on the yes, but I’ll take that Watson swing anytime.