Joined The Augusta Chronicle in 1996 after spending nine years at The Aiken Standard. Served as copy editor, South Carolina bureau chief and Metro Editor before being named Sports Editor in April 2000.
Posted July 18, 2014 11:22 am - Updated July 18, 2014 02:16 pm

Tom Watson continues to amaze

It's hard to believe it's been five years since Tom Watson nearly won the British Open.

At age 59, it would have been the greatest feat in golf history. (Yes, that's right. It would have surpassed my favorite moment, 46-year-old Jack Nicklaus winning the 1986 Masters.)

Watson is now 64, and he's still proving he has the game to contend on the links courses. He opened the tournament with 1-over-par 73 at Hoylake, and he was 1-over halfway through his second round.

(Update: Watson did make the cut once again, shooting 1-over 73. He's tied with another TW who attended Stanford at 2-over for the tournament.)

Not too shabby.

Watson is keeping a busy schedule as he prepares to captain the U.S. team at the Ryder Cup this fall. He's played in several events on both tours, and he's promoting his new DVD, Tom Watson Lessons of a Lifetime II.

This version is a follow-up to the instructional DVD he released in 2010. It focuses on advanced lessons such as pre-shot routine, how to maximize practice, and a variety of wedge and chip shots.

You can buy either the new disc by itself for $24.95 or the the new disc and the original two discs for $49.95.

The British Open is the fourth time this year Watson has played against the youngsters. He missed the cut at the Masters Tournament and the RBC Heritage, but he made the cut at The Greenbrier Classic.

He's played in six Champions Tour events, and his best finish was second at the Senior PGA in May.

We're fortunate enough to get to see Watson play Augusta National each spring. Next year, he'll make his final appearance at the British Open at the home of golf, St. Andrews. Like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus did, Watson will get to walk over the Swilcan Bridge on the final hole of the Old Course one last time.

It will be a fitting sendoff. Just don't be surprised if it's in the final round.