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Watson loses golf championship, wins hearts


Himanshu Singhal,CNN-IBN
Jul 21, 2009 at 04:09pm IST

New Delhi: At 59, Tom Watson was within one shot of becoming the oldest winner of a golfing major at the British Open on Sunday, but it wasn't to be with 36-year-old Stewart Cink taking the Claret Jug away in a play off.

"Well it would have been a heck of a story wouldn't it, the old geezer beating the kids, the British Open championship here at Turnberry, reliving the memories of 1977, the duel in the sun. That would have been one heck of a story," says Tom Watson.0

Twenty-six years after he last held the Claret Jug, the last major against his name, Tom Watson proved again his greatness had only gone to sleep - it had not died.

EARNING RESPECT: Stewart Cink (left) looks at the trophy he won after defeating 59-year-old legend Tom Watson.

Even as Stewart Cink continues to bask in the glory, this was Watson's Week irrespective of the name on the Jug as he earned everything else, falling short just when it came to the final hurdle.

"As I said in there, when all is said is done, when your career is over, you hope that the golfers, the peers, your peers, say that Watson was one a hell of a golfer," says he.

But that in no way undermines Stewart Cink's incredible effort. After all, how many players can make a 15-feet birdie putt to force a play-off, specially in front of a hostile crowd that was rooting for Watson?

"This crowd was supporting their player, which they should. So I was prepared for that but it was tough for me because I had watched Tom all week and was so impressed by the way he'd gone about things. It was tough for me to put that aside and try to beat him," says Stewart Cink.

Tom Watson might have failed to hold the Claret Jug for the sixth time, but he has clearly achieved something unique - he has made every near 60-year-old feel young again.

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