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”