Watson says goodbye
By the time Tom Watson stepped off the 18th tee Friday night, he could no longer hope to make the cut in the tournament he has won five times. So before he climbed onto the Swilcan Bridge — the same span from which Jack Nicklaus waved his goodbye to St. Andrews five years ago — he bent over and kissed it. Then, the 60-year-old walked to the center, took off his cap, and soaked in the appreciation from the crowd that lined the street.
“The main thing is the respect I have for the way the game is played over here, the respect that they have for their game,” Watson said. “The Scots invented golf, and they love the game with a passion unlike any other people. I enjoy that.”
Watson shot a 3-over 75 Friday and sits at 4 over for the tournament, which will not make the cut. He has an exemption through the 2014 Open, and he intends to play in the future. But the tournament won’t return to St. Andrews until 2015 at the earliest, so Friday was almost certainly his last appearance here. He birdied his final hole.
“There’s no regret, none at all,” he said.