What is it with old guys at the majors?

Published 09/04/2010 15:21:56

The old guys just don't seem to know when to lay down these days. In the past couple of years, the four majors of golf have thrown up a few surprise contenders. Sadly the old dogs haven't taken any of the trophies, but boy have they been close.


Check out the old dogs in contention in the last couple of years:

  • Fred Couples leading the 2010 Masters at the ripe old age of 50
  • Tom Watson not far behind him on the leaderboard at the age of 60
  • Who could forget Tom's performance at the British Open in 2009 at Turnberry? Watson had a putt for victory on the 18th but choked and let Stewart Cink into a playoff. The younger man's extra stamina paid off and he routinely beat Watson, much to the chagrin of the watching crowd.
  • Kenny Perry looked to be getting fitted for his first green jacket at the Masters in 2009 only to lose in a play off.
  • Greg Norman - led the 2008 British Open at Birkdale going into the final round but a typical Norman slump on the final day let in Padraig Harrington and Norman finished tied for third. Norman was 53 at the time


What do we take from this? The old guys have still got the swing, though maybe not as athletic as they used to have. This is countered by a great pragmatism that comes with age, the ability to read greens and not take unnecessary risks.


However if you look at the examples, two have lost in a play-off and one leading going into the final day. This shows that the mental side of golf is what separates the champions from the also-rans.


So sorry, Fred and Tom, I don't think you'll be getting fitted for a green jacket this year. But I'd love it if you did.


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