Watson breaks own record as oldest player to make Open cut

Fri Jul 18, 2014 3:20pm EDT
 
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By Tony Jimenez

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - The superlatives used to describe the remarkable career of Tom Watson were exhausted long ago but the 64-year-old continues to defy the ageing process, as he proved again at the British Open on Friday.

While top-notch players half his age were falling by the wayside and missing the cut, the eight-times major winner sailed through to the weekend at Royal Liverpool after delivering his second one-over 73 of the championship.

Watson needed a par-five at the last hole to confirm his place in Saturday's third round and he decided on a conservative approach.

"I played old man's golf," he told reporters after finishing on two-over 146, the same mark as Tiger Woods. "There was no sense at all in trying to get on the green in two.

"I hit it to the right, hit it to the left and then hit it on the green before two putting," said Watson after breaking his own 2012 record as the oldest player to make the cut in the championship.

The five-times British Open winner is not into ceremonial golf and his intention is always to try to compete with the game's dominant players.

"I came over here with a purpose to play my best golf and play at the weekend," said Watson.

"Let's see what happens at the weekend, let's see if the old guy can maybe get it rolling a little bit."   Continued...

 
Tom Watson of the U.S. watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the second round of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton