But for an unfortunate three-putt bogey on the crucial 72nd hole, Tom Watson could have well achieved one of the most momentous feats in the history of sport by claiming his sixth win at the British Open. Watson, 59, played at the tournament just nine months after he was fitted with an artificial hip. He was denied the honor by Stewart Cink’s steely resolve. The determined golfer held his nerve under pressure while Watson simply fell apart. Nobody could deny the fact that the 36-year-old indeed deserved his first major title.
On the other hand, Tiger Woods failed miserably. He could not even make the cut at the Championship, a matter of concern for his followers. His poor run continues, as he has failed to figure even in the top five in the recent majors. He managed to finish tied for sixth place at the ’09 Masters, whereas at the U.S. Open he was tied for sixth position again. He, though, has another chance to regain his lost confidence: the PGA Championship at Hazeltine. But vociferous critics are already questioning his mental and physical preparedness. Many believe that the era of his domination is slowly coming to an end.
Speculations about his future major win total have become muted. There is no more the heated debate about how Woods could win 30 majors during his glorious career. Instead, the talk is more like, “Do you think he will still be able to pass Jack Nicklaus’ 18?”
He still remains a Champion. Underling his greatness, the senior national columnist of ESPN.com, Gene Wojciechowski, wrote in an article: “Tiger is still the best player on the planet. And here’s how you know! If you’ve the first pick in the PGA Championship golf pool, whom would you take No. 1? I thought so.”
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