Watsons Hopes Hang in the Balance
Tom Watson’s hopes of making the cut hang in the balance after he carded a two-over-par 74 in the first round of The 144TH Open Championship at St Andrews.
The 65 year-old five-time champion, who is making his last appearance in the Championship reached the turn in one-under-par 35 but struggled on the way home with sixes at the 13TH, 16TH and 17TH.
“Too many sixes,” he admitted. “That’s what I said in the recorders’ office. I had too many unforced errors. I got on a little roll six through ten and made a good putt on 12 to save par but then the wheels fell off. I didn’t finish the deal. I failed.”
The veteran American has ground to make up but he still hasn’t discounted the possibility of making the weekend. “You see a lot of red numbers today but you’ll see a lot of black numbers tomorrow, I promise you,” he predicted. “The wind is going to blow 25 to 30 (mph), maybe gusting to 40, and the golf course will take its toll tomorrow.
“I’m going to have to play an extraordinary round tomorrow to make the cut but that’s the way to look at it. I will give it a go.”