February 16, 2014 |
The stars aligned just a bit more perfectly Sunday at Riviera Country Club. A golf tournament of considerable stature got a champion of the same. When Bubba Watson walked up the 18th fairway, clearly in charge in the Northern Trust Open, the figurative embrace he received from the gallery circling the green in one of the finest natural sports amphitheaters there is, he brought a sense of deserving. Riviera, with lore that includes the Hogans, Palmers, Sneads, Couples and a Tom Watson, deserved another Watson.
July 21, 2013 |
GULLANE, Scotland - You could argue that Fred Couples found what Ponce de Leon couldn't. He is 53, still hitting it a mile and still in the occasional mix at major golf tournaments. Mr. Fountain of Youth shot two-over 73 in the British Open on Saturday, after making the cut well in front of 43 mostly younger guys. That went with his opening 75 and Friday's 74. "Looking for a 72 Sunday," Couples joked. There are dozens of reasons, at his age, for Couples to merely show up, enjoy being there and not be competitive.
July 18, 2013 |
GULLANE, Scotland - The three senior musketeers of professional golf walked the links of Muirfield in the British Open on Thursday with pride, few regrets and less-than-great results. Was this golf or nostalgia? Does it matter? Tom Watson, Nick Faldo and Fred Couples teed it up at 9 a.m. in Scotland, on a day on which the weather resembled Palm Springs in March. The knowledgeable and appreciative Scottish fans surrounded the first tee in a show of respect. These three totaled 172 years on Earth, eight British Open titles and 15 major titles in all. Watson, 63, with five British titles, two Masters and one U.S. Open, could play here because he finished second in his stunning, near storybook run in 2009, when Stewart Cink beat him in a playoff.
July 14, 2013 |
All you need to know about the British Open is that you don't dare call it that when you are at one. You can get away with typing it in stories back to the States, but don't say it to the guy eating fish and chips at the next table. It is The Open Championship, and if that sounds like it is meant to brand itself as the only one, then you are catching on. This year's Open Championship will start Thursday and continue through 72 holes and four grueling days of its usual golf misery and weather wonders.
December 13, 2012 |
Tom Watson, who captained the U.S. to a Ryder Cup victory the last time the U.S. won in Europe in 1993, will return as captain for the 2014 team. And he has an important supporter in his corner: Tiger Woods. “I'd like to congratulate Tom Watson on his selection as Ryder Cup captain,” Woods said in a statement. “I think he's a really good choice. Tom knows what it takes to win, and that's our ultimate goal. I hope I have the privilege of joining him on the 2014 United States Team.” The Americans have lost seven of the last nine Ryder Cups.
July 20, 2012 |
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- The British Open fans who got a good bleacher seat Friday, settled in and waited for some final-hole excitement on No. 18 were rewarded late in the day, with dramatics by marque players Tiger Woods and Tom Watson. Woods, a three-time British Open winner playing in the group directly ahead of the Watson, 62, and a five-time Open winner, hit his approach shot into a greenside bunker and popped it out and in. That sent the crowd into a frenzy and brought Woods nicely in reach of leaders Brandt Snedeker (10 under par)