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July 19, 2009 | Chuck Culpepper
Golf had another of its inconceivable dreams Saturday. In this one, the image of 53-year-old Greg Norman in 2008 walking up No. 18 at Royal Birkdale down the coast in England with a 54-hole lead in the British Open had not been sufficient, for clearly, Norman had been too bloody young.
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March 15, 2014 | By Steve Virgen
Kenny Perry described Bernhard Langer as a golfer who gets under his skin because the 56-year-old German works so hard. Langer is the type of player that pushes others to be great, Perry said. Langer would rather just continue to push his way past the field at the 20th Toshiba Classic. He maintained his two-shot lead Saturday at Newport Beach Country Club, compensating for two bogeys, on Nos. 2 and 6, with a stretch of four birdies out of five holes on the back nine to shoot a five-under-par 66 in the second round.
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July 20, 2012 | By Bill Dwyre
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)
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March 13, 2014 | By Steve Virgen
Just after telling reporters that Patrick Reed already has "street cred," Tom Watson showed his with his message to the U.S. Ryder Cup team that he will captain. "We have something to prove," Watson said about the U.S. team's recent losses in the Ryder Cup, including squandering a big lead in singles play on the final day to Europe two years ago. "If that's the only thing I have to say to the team, I'll say, 'Remember 2012. Remember 2012. What are you going to do about it?' " Watson was at Newport Beach Country Club, site of the 20th Toshiba Classic, which begins Friday.
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December 13, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
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.
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July 20, 2009 | Chuck Culpepper
That pristine ogre known as golf has struck again, choosing a gorgeous setting by the Irish Sea to unleash its full and singular meanness upon a cherished 59-year-old man. It enticed him for four days of enchantment. It ushered him to the 72nd hole with a one-shot lead in a British Open and a chance to broaden earthly possibility. It brought Tom Watson down that No.
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July 14, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
From St. Andrews, Scotland Tom Watson fits like an old shoe now. He is as comfortable in his own skin as we are, seeing him there. He is a story on the day before the British Open not because of what he did in the distant past, but because of what he did last year. He may be 60, but he is current. Wednesday at St. Andrews was a day of rain, wind and chill. They were supposed to play a special Champions Challenge, a four-hole event that allows past champions who are able to tee it up on the fabled grounds one more time.
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June 21, 1987 | Jim Murray
Once upon a time there was this young golf player who looked as if he had just arrived by raft from the Mississippi River. He had this red hair and freckled face and a gap-toothed smile that made him look as if he had just stepped out of the pages of Mark Twain. He looked out of place with shoes on. You wanted to sift his pockets for live lizards or balls of string and ask him where he put his fishing pole. You wanted to ask him if his name was "Huckleberry."
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March 13, 2014 | By Steve Virgen
Just after telling reporters that Patrick Reed already has "street cred," Tom Watson showed his with his message to the U.S. Ryder Cup team that he will captain. "We have something to prove," Watson said about the U.S. team's recent losses in the Ryder Cup, including squandering a big lead in singles play on the final day to Europe two years ago. "If that's the only thing I have to say to the team, I'll say, 'Remember 2012. Remember 2012. What are you going to do about it?' " Watson was at Newport Beach Country Club, site of the 20th Toshiba Classic, which begins Friday.
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November 16, 1987
Tom Watson, who scored his first victory in more than three years when he won the $3 million Nabisco Championship of Golf in San Antonio two weeks ago, Sunday came within one shot of winning again. Waston, playing in the $667,000 Taiheiyo Club Masters golf tournament in Gotemba, Japan, finished a stroke behind Australia's Graham Marsh. Marsh, who started the final round four shots off the pace, had the day's best score, a 66, to finish with a 276 total.
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February 16, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
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.
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July 21, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
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.
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July 18, 2013 | By Bill Dwyre
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.
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July 14, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
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.
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December 13, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
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.
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July 20, 2012 | By Bill Dwyre
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)
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July 5, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Tim Simpson shot a five-under-par 66 Friday for a record 130 total and a two-stroke lead over Tom Watson after two rounds of the $700,000 Canon-Sammy Davis Jr. Greater Hartford Open golf tournament at Cromwell, Conn. Simpson, 30, who has admittedly been struggling for several months, challenged the usually unforgiving Tournament Players Club of Connecticut course for the second straight day and again came out on top.
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July 19, 2012 | By Jeff Shain
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England — At one point, Phil Mickelson could be heard asking a British Open rules official if something in the fine print would free him from hitting a ball he couldn't see. Later on, he had caddie Jim Mackay fish out a glove for his uncovered hand. It was that kind of odd day for Mickelson, whose three-over-par 73 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes left him girding for a battle to make the cut. "I putted poorly," Mickelson summed up, "and I drove it horrific and the chipping was below average.
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