Watson Holds Lead at British Open


Jul 18, 2009

Watson Holds Lead at British Open Tiger Woods might not be playing in the British Open after missing the cut, but that hasn't stopped the major tournament from creating a major headline. With just one round left to play, 59-year old Tom Watson sits atop the leaderboard after shooting 1-over 71 for a one-shot lead heading into Sunday's final.

"The first day here, 'Yeah, let the old geezer have his day in the sun," Watson told reporters following his third round. "The second day you said, 'Well, that's OK.' And now today, you kind of perk up your ears and say, 'This old geezer might have a chance to win the tournament.' I don't know what's going to happen, but I do know one thing. I feel good about what I did today. And who knows? It might happen."

Watson can become the oldest major champion ever if he can hang on for 18 more holes. He is currently sitting at 4-under 206, one shot ahead of Matthew Goggin and Ross Fisher. However, Fisher is not sure if he will be able to play on Sunday with his wife expecting their first child.

Watson will play in the final group on Sunday along with Goggin, who hasn't won in 10 years since the Nationwide Tour.

"He's such a great player and such a great champion, especially at the British Open," Goggin said. "And it was also shocking just how good he was. I mean, it was ridiculous. I'm thinking, 'He's getting on in years and not playing so much, and he's just smashing it around this golf course. I was really impressed."

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