2009 Open Championship

2009 Open Championship  Review

The 2009 Open championship will always be remembered as the year that 59 year-old Tom Watson had a putt to win his 6th Claret Jug in one of the most remarkable tournaments in golf and sports history. The tournament was played on the Alisa Course at Turnberry for the first time since 1994 when Nick Price won the trophy and 2009 will go down to be just as memorable.

The First Round of the 2009 Open saw Miguel Angel Jimenez shoot an excellent -6 par 64 to give him a one shot lead over the likes of 2003 Open Champion Ben Curtis and five time Champion Tom Watson who was rolling back the years. Also shooting good rounds and in contention at the end of Thursday were the likes of Stewart Cink, Steve Stricker and Camilo Villegas who were all in on -4.

The second Round was a different story for Jimenez sadly as he shot 73 to slip off the pace but still in with a shout, Tom Watson and Steve Marino ended Friday at the top of the leader board on -5. Watson was continuing his remarkable week with a 70 and he and Marino were one clear of another veteran in Mark Calcavecchia who had carded two successive scores in the 60's. Ben Curtis who started so well followed up his 65 with an 80 which saw him miss the cut in a remarkable turn of events, others to miss the cut included world No.1 Tiger Woods who was out of sorts and David Duval.

The third round saw Tom Watson maintain his amazing form as he carded a 71 which left him one clear of the field with no one making any big moves on Saturday. Ross Fisher and Matthew Goggin were one back on -3 and the big guns of Lee Westwood and Retief Goosen were a further shot back and looking dangerous heading into Sunday.

The final round of the 2009 Open saw Tom Watson going for his 6th Claret Jug in what could have been the greatest achievement in sports history and Watson showed all his skill and talent as he maintained his form through the round. In fact, Watson stood on the 18th tee knowing that a par would give him one of the most remarkable wins in the history of any sport, let alone golf. Watson pushed his approach to the green long and could only chip to about 10 feet away for his par putt, Watson for the first time looked under pressure and missed the putt meaning the tournament went to a play-off. Watson faced American Stewart Cink who had shot an excellent 69 to move into contention and there was only one winner as Watson faded after the emotion of the 18th green. Cink claimed his first Major victory by winning the play-off with ease and picking up the 2009 Claret Jug, however 2009 will always be remembered as the Tom Watson Open.