The Open: Watson laments his missed opportunity
Tom Watson says the missed eight-foot putt which cost him the chance of becoming the oldest ever Major winner still ‘tears at his guts’.
The 49-year-old went on to lose last year’s Open Championship to fellow American Stewart Cink in a play-off at Turnberry.
He had hit an almost perfect approach to the 18th but wind carried his ball to the edge of the green and he left himself that eight-footer for par to win.
“This is what golf is — with all its beauty and cruelty captured in a single shot,” he said.
“It tears at my guts but then I simply did what I always do — and that’s carry on.
“My old caddie Bruce Edwards always said that after a double-bogey.”