Springsteen and Watson, aged to perfection
Sunday, July 19, 2009
TURNBERRY, Scotland – My Open Championship week consisted of two 59-year-olds doing what they do best. One was perfection personified. The other nearly made history.
My week began watching Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play at Hampden Park in Glasgow. The ironies between The Boss and Watson were almost eerie.
Springsteen looked as if he was still in his 20s with the energy he put into his three-hour show. It had been 15 years since he’d last played in Glasgow, and the Scottish crowds showed the same adulation crowds in other parts of the world show him.
It helped that Nils Lofgren began the concert with “Flower of Scotland,” the unofficial Scottish national anthem. The Boss then roared through his huge back catalog of songs, almost every one greeted with sheer glee by the Scots.
The same glee greeted Tom Watson at Turnberry. It had also been 15 years since Watson last contended in an Open Championship. He got into the frame at Turnberry in 1994, the last time the Open was held here.
Like Springsteen, Watson walked around Turnberry as if he was 29, not 59. Unfortunately, Watson couldn’t quite pull the job with the peerless perfection of Springsteen.