Open Championship: Watson does a Norman and takes lead at Turnberry

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Published 16/07/2009 13:43:24
 

59-year old golf legend Tom Watson snatched the lead at Turnberry with a first round 65 in good conditions today. The five-time winner of The Open Championship is five under - one shot ahead of unfancied Australian John Senden.

 

Watson has history on the Ayrshire course - he famously won the "duel in the sun" of 1977 and carded a 65 on his second round in 1994. Can the old dog go out and win an incredible sixth Claret Jug?

 

The performance of a returning champion will undoubtedly bring up comparisons with Greg Norman's performance last year - the two-time Open Champion led after 54 holes before giving up the lead to Padraig Harrington. No chance of a repeat this year as the Australian carded a disappointing 77 to site on 7 over par.

 

Watson's remarkable round was bogey-free and included an impressive five birdies. He was understandably pleased with his performance:

 

"I played very well, I kept the ball in play and made a few putts," said Watson. "I was playing well in practice and I thought I had a chance of playing well today.

"The course was defenseless today and as a result, you're seeing a lot of scores under par. I suspect by the end of the day, 65 will not be in the lead."




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