The Cut - - 1ST TEE -

“There’s no rea­son to be sad,” re­marked Tom Wat­son af­ter walk­ing off the 18th green at St An­drews hav­ing played his last Open Cham­pi­onship.

“There’s just so much joy in walk­ing up that hole. I don’t know how to put it into any other words.

“I played a game for a liv­ing, and I played it pretty well over times.... It’s [St An­drews] a spe­cial place with spe­cial peo­ple, from day one when I started at Carnoustie right across the wa­ters over here.”

The pop­u­lar Amer­i­can re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion as he fin­ished his sec­ond round in fad­ing light. The five-time Open Cham­pi­onship win­ner did not score well enough to make the cut — af­ter two rounds he was 12 over — but the 65-year-old rel­ished the op­por­tu­nity to play in the tour­na­ment that brought him his most ma­jor vic­to­ries, his other wins the Mas­ters (1977, 1981) and the 1982 US Open.

Wat­son never won at St An­drews — his Open Cham­pi­onship vic­to­ries came at Carnoustie (1975), Turn­berry (’77) Muir­field (’80), Troon (’82), Birkdale (’83) — but he did fin­ish sec­ond to Steve Balles­teros in 1984 play­ing The Old Course.

Rem­i­nisc­ing about walk­ing over the Swilcan Bridge for a fi­nal time, he said: “I looked up at the sky, and I said, ‘I know there are a lot of peo­ple watch­ing over me... a lot of loved ones’. It was a spe­cial time.”

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