Open Review: Tom Watson

Tom Watson

Golfing legend Tom Watson may not have challenged for the Stonehaven Cup this week, the master still managed 14 magical birdies.

Here is our look at Watson's week at The Lakes.

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Round 1: 6-over 78
Watson didn't have the ideal start to the tournament, shooting 2 double bogeys and 6 bogeys to sit at 6-over par after the first day. However he still managed 4 birdies on the 3rd, 11th, 13th and 14th, so the signs were there he might come good as the week progressed.

Round 2: 4-under 68
It's often the measure of every true champion as to how they bounce back from adversity, and Watson certainly did that in the 2nd Round. He picked up 5 birdies (on the 13th, 14th, 17th, and 18th) and just 1 bogey (on the 3rd) in a round of 68 that saw him make the cut at 2-over.

Round 3: 6-over 78
Unfortunately, moving day was unkind to Watson.
He struggled with 8 bogeys ending his chances of making a run for the title. He was still able to birdie the 13th for the third consecutive day, as well as the 17th, but finishing up at 8-over for the tournament would mean his final round would be a more relaxed affair.

Round 4: 3-under 69
In preparation for the final round, Watson told reporters that he spent a night at the Opera House and then enjoyed a good night's sleep.
It seemed to work, with the American treating his large gallery to a round which featured 3 birdies.
Once again he birdied the 13th, meaning he picked up four shots at that hole across the tournament.

Tournament Score
78 + 68 + 78 + 69 = 293 (5-over par)

View Watson's 72-hole scorecard here

Will this be the last we see of Watson on Australian shores?

While he didn't threaten the leaders, Watson still put on a good show and treated many of the crowd to a handshake or a smile, something they will surely remember for many years to come.

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Posted by Martin Hayward at
09/12/2012 03:40 PM
Flew in from Adelaide for Day 1, had to leave Tom's group on the 12th tee to go home, but although he had a poorish day, my last hole was a birdie on the 11th. Was well worthwhile.

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