The British Open 2009: Turnberry

This weekend golfs most prestigious tournament is taking place. The Watson, appearing very calm and collected Open Championship at Turnberry has begun. Always located in the British Isles (this year, Scotland) the Open Championship is the oldest and most coveted of the 4 major annual professional golf tournaments. The winner of the Claret Jug is the man who can percevier through 4 days of the british isles without loosing his cool. Many winners of the British Open as it is colloquially known, have repeated the feat due to the small number of players who can tame the course. As Tiger Woods continues looking for his first major victory since his return from injury, the cameras are on Irish native and two time defending champion Padraig Harrington. He’s won the last two tournaments and took home the PGA in 2008, giving him 3 major titles. But with Harrington 8 shots back from the lead, and Woods likely to miss the cut, there is a bigger story this weekend in the highlands.

59 year old and 5 time British Open champion Tom Watson is tied for the lead after two days. Watson shot a 5 under par on Thursday (tied for 2nd) but we did not break the news due to the fact he might not survive through Friday. Veteren legends past their prime often have one great day before the weekend and before the Cinderella media pressures them into a terrible next round. But Tom Watson has shot par today and is now tied for the lead and going for his 9th major and 6th British Open. If he wins he will be tied with legend Ben Hogan and South African Gary Player for 4th all time in Major wins.

In his press conference Thursday Watson said with a jovial delivery:

“..will I be able to handle the pressure?…I don’t know”

He followed up his uncertainty with a grin and this stern comment:

“I feel that I’m playing well enough to win the golf tournament”

Last Chance for U.S. Open Tickets

I live in the city, and with money being tight I have no time to take a real vacation this quarter. WRONG, Be American! Go out and enjoy the local destinations that are offered in our backyards. THIS WEEKEND is the U.S. Open PGA golf tournament. Sometimes hidden in an obscure location, this years open is just a 30 minute drive from New York City at the beautiful Bethpage State Park. The short distance from the city will let you exhale from the summer tourists that are flooding the streets of Manhattan. I not only encourage you to enjoy one of the county’s major sporting events, but stay awhile. Instead of trying to beat the traffic back into the city, grab a night at a boutique hotel and venture into the park. If the gorgeous protected wildlife doesn’t interest you, the shoreline at Jonas State Park is but a ten minute drive from the golf course. The fishing culture will reward you with good dining and cheap delicacies as the seasonal catch always creates a surplus. As we head towards a more conservative spending lifestyle, take advantage of the seasons that make New York one of the most diverse attractions in the country. Even as an outsider I encourage a quick trip to Long Island to enjoy the unique change of seasons that only happens in certain areas of the country. You can enjoy Vegas any time of year, but the colors and culture of New York’s coastline are only alive during this short window, don’t hesitate!