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Would Watson Winning be a good thing?

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by Diggers (U2300584) 17 July 2009
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I've always like Tom Watson, seems like a top bloke and a great golfer in his day.
However if, clearly still a very big if, he were to win would it not add fuel to the fire of many who don't really percieve golf as a true "sport".
After all Watson doesn't compete on a full tour, the seniors may be good quality but its hardly the same cut and thrustas teh PGA and I would imagine he really doesnt practise anything like as much as he used to.
Tricky one for me as I would like him to win in many ways, different to last year as there is something about Greg Norman I really find difficult to like, whereas with Watson its really hard to imagine how you could not wish the guy all the best.
But a near 60 year old winning might just be a sad inditement of the state of the game today.
For what its worth i'd still be amazed if he did manage to pull it off.

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posted Jul 17, 2009

It'd be great if Watson won. But there's a long ways to go. I do not agree that it would be sad indictment of the game - it shows experience, talent and determination (and intelligence) are necessary and so far, he's demonstrated that. That's a credit to the game.

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posted Jul 17, 2009

It's more of a sign of just how fantastic the Watson,Nicklaus,Trevino,Player,Miller etc, era was.
Now we have Tiger Woods, but he is a huge fish in a tiny pond of "good" players.

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posted Jul 17, 2009

I found watching Watson, Garcia and Massenero play the last few holes today quite moving, actually.

The old guy keeping the dream alive, Sergio finally beginning to overcome his slump, and the youngster obviously enjoying every moment of probably the best day he's ever spent on a gold course - that was great TV and ought to be edited into a DVD that features this threeball only.

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posted Jul 17, 2009

Sorry, should be "golf course", though maybe the typo isn't so inappropriate.

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posted Jul 17, 2009

having followed tom's career since 1975 its a no brainer. great that tiger's out. what will sam torrance do without woods to fawn over?

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posted Jul 17, 2009

So would John Daley winning it avoid these questions as he's far more of a true sportsman than Watson ... because he's younger ... .ummm
Really can't see where the thread is coming from. I hope he wins big time as it will prove that the robots with the new technology assisting them cannot guarantee success when the elements and control are at the fore and not power and reliable conditions.

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comment by Paul (U1893512)

posted Jul 17, 2009

If Tom Watson wins it will show that the bash, bash driver and wedge culture that's been developing due to the advancement of technology doesn't work on an open course. It's beyond derogatory to suggest that if someone who is 50+ wins a golf tournament then it can't be a sport. Was the same argument raised when Mark O'Meara won the Masters? No, can't we just recognise that Tom Watson has put together two very good rounds of golf so far whereas some younger players have struggled for whatever reason. Tiger for example missed too many fairways - that's nothing to do with age - everything to do with strategy. Give Watson the credit he's due - he's playing out of his skin this week, and more power to him says I

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comment by ajay444 (U7466453)

posted Jul 18, 2009

I find it amazing rather than being a sad inditement that a 59 year old can compete on this stage. Golf has never been, in my eyes, a sport where sheer atheletism was the overriding criteria for being any good- it has always been as much about the brain and nerve as anything else. Tiger has raised the bar because he has everyhing- athletism, brains and nerve but while I am realy disapointed to see him out of the championship, it is at last great to see these guys suffer if they can't hit the fairway. The other thing that I would like to comment on is that the other reason that Tom is a factor is that Links golf allows you to play in many different ways if you can control your ball flight and shape, and brings in many more potential winners I think.

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posted Jul 18, 2009

If Tom did win, how many Ryder cup points would that give him?????
Now THAT would be a story

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posted Jul 18, 2009

The great virtue of golf is that it is not like tennis, football etc. when you are burned out at 30. Great talent never fades, and if Watson did win (I suspect he will fade away) it would be a brilliant capstone on a great career.

As for Tiger being finished that is nonsense. He is a great player and will be back as soon as he sorts out the couple of technical quirks in his swing he has at the moment. Wouldn't be surprised if he wins the PGA.

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