If you’ve talked golf with me before, you know that Tom Watson‘s performance at the British Open last year was the reason that I started this blog. It moved me in a way that no other golf tournament ever has, and he was a putt away from becoming one of the biggest sports stories of all-time. Today, Watson is trying to do it all over again the Masters. He just finished up his round, making no bogeys and five birdies en route to a 5-under 67, and is currently the leader in the clubhouse.
It’s way too early to say that this could happen again, but if Watson can somehow have a great round tomorrow, knowing the kind of guy that he is, he’s going to be confident that he can win the golf tournament entering the weekend. Just to have him in this type of discussion on day one is purely awesome, and while there are still plenty of players that need to finish their rounds today, it would be great to at least see him with a share of the lead after the first round.
No one thought he had a chance when he led at Turnberry last year after the first, but then he played well the second day. Then he played well the third day. And we all know what happened after that. I don’t think there will be as many doubters as there were last year. Because we all saw what Watson proved to those doubters at the British Open.
Again, there’s still a ton of golf to be played today, and a ton to be played the rest of the week. But so far, so good for Tom Watson. If he can keep this going into the weekend, I’ll probably be like a little kid in a candy store while watching this event.
Would it be too much to ask everyone else to take a dive the rest of the week, and just let Watson have his moment and win the thing?