Watson remembers Jack at Turnberry
Sunday, July 19, 2009
TURNBERRY, Scotland – Tom Watson was thinking of the task at hand Sunday at the 138th Open Championship, but alas, he also had a few thoughts of yesteryear tucked away inside that 59-year-old brain of his.
When he got out to the most beautiful part of the golf course, on the tee at the scenic par-4 ninth, in front of Turnberry’s lighthouse and with the Irish Sea crashing into the shore, Watson thought of an old pal.
“I remembered being there with Jack (Nicklaus, in 1977),” said Watson. “We had to wait for the crowd to kind of get under control, and I was thinking about Jack.”
He also had a little needle for Nicklaus as well. When recapping the day that was on Sunday, when his dream to tie Harry Vardon with six Open titles fell one shot shy and he lost in a playoff, he noted that while he can remember each and every shot he hit in his ’77 victory (and other victories), Nicklaus, who lost to Watson by one, claims he cannot remember any of his shots that day.
“Now it’s going to be like Jack,” said Watson after finishing second. “I’ll never remember what club I hit anytime during the whole tournament.”