Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

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.”

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