Watson Cracks Club in Senior Open Prep

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KETTERING, Ohio -- Coming off a victory at the Senior British Open, Tom Watson should have momentum going into this weeks U.S. Senior Open.
 
But theres one problem. Watson cracked the head of his driver during a practice round Tuesday at NCR Country Club.
 
Im a little bit worried about the driver, Watson said. That driver was really a great driver, the best driver I ever had in my life.
 
Watson began using the club last month at the Champions Tours Bayer Advantage Classic, where he lost a playoff to Dana Quigley. He said he was able to hit every fairway with his new club during that tournament.
 
Ive been driving it very good ever since, he said. I hit it longer. I hit it straighter.
 
On Sunday, Watson beat Des Smyth on the third hole of a playoff at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland to win the Senior British, his fourth senior major.
 
The five-time British Open champion is going to try to have a new club made on site. He also has a backup driver, but it has a softer shaft that lacks the stability of the broken club, he said.
 
Whatever driver he decides to use, Watson will have to put it to work on the 7,055-yard, par-71 NCR course that is heavily wooded and filled with doglegs, bunkers and thick rough. The greens are large, which Watson said can make for long, breaking putts.
 
Its a very challenging golf course, Watson said.
 
Its still unfamiliar to me, he said. Tomorrow, I hope it kicks in and I get a lot more familiar with it.
 
And the 55-year-old Watson will have to play with little rest. He flew from Scotland to Ohio and then picked up the clubs after only one days break.
 
I do, at my age, start to take more and more naps, he said.
 
Im going to try to keep my energy cells charged up.
 
Raymond Floyd, who won the PGA Championship at NCR in 1969, said Watson is coming off a great victory at the Senior British Open,
 
Id certainly make him a favorite, Floyd said. Hes a guy thats coming in here licking his chops. Hes ready.
 
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