x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Watson in three-way tie for lead

Tom Watson, trying to become the oldest major champion in golf history, was in a three-way tie for the British Open lead with six holes remaining.

Tom Watson, looking to become the oldest champion of a major at 59.
Tom Watson, looking to become the oldest champion of a major at 59.

TURNBERRY // Tom Watson, trying to become the oldest major champion in golf history, was in a three-way tie for the British Open lead with six holes remaining. The 59 year old struggled to a 37 on the front side, giving away the one-shot lead he had after 54 holes. England's Lee Westwood led by two at the turn over Watson and his playing partner, Mathew Goggin of Australia. But Westwood bogeyed the 10th and Watson made his longest putt of the day at the 11th, rolling in a 25-footer for birdie. That created a deadlock at three-under that also included Goggin, a 35 year old journeyman on the PGA Tour who has not won a tournament in 10 years - and that was when he played on the minor-league Nationwide Tour. Watson is a five-times Open champion who would easily be the oldest golfer ever to win a major. Julius Boros was 48 when he captured the 1968 PGA Championship.

*AP