In yet another example of two cultures using the same words with different meanings, Watson spoke all week during the British Open about getting his weight right. To hit the ball the right weight simply means to hit it the right distance.
Tiger Woods often talks about distance control. He is seldom heard, if ever, saying weight control. Not so for Watson, a five-time Open champion (and very fit for 59), whose affection for golf in Scotland includes using the proper language in golfs home country.
On the eve of the tournament: With the rookies out there that havent played this before the most important thing in golf has always been (to) hit the ball the right weight, hit the ball the right distance.
On his shot to the 18th in the first round: I had over 200 yards and hit 7-iron. The most important thing about doing it well is hitting it the right weight. Just hitting it the right distance. Can you judge how far to hit? If youre short and long all the time, either youre not hitting the ball solidly or you dont have the feel for it.
On his three-putt bogey from the back of the ninth green in the third round: I knew I had to lay off the wedge, I just couldnt lay off of it enough to get the right weight to it.
And his 8-iron to the 18th on Sunday in regulation that went over the green: It was a tough day to play. Its a difficult golf course, crosswinds, getting the right weight, which I prided myself in. I just didnt do it in the last hole.
For most Americans, it was a curious term. In Scotland, it is simply part of the golf vernacular.
John Huggan, once a top Scottish amateur who now writes for Golf World, hit a woeful putt at Gullane No. 1 the day after the British Open and said sarcastically, Except for the line and the weight, it was a great putt.
After a week listening to Watson, it made perfect sense.
MAJOR CUTS: The pressure is on Kevin Sutherland at the PGA Championship.
Sutherland is eligible for all four majors for only the second time in his 22 years as a pro, yet hes among only 15 players who made the cut in the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open.
That list doesnt include Tiger Woods, who left Turnberry early; and Phil Mickelson, who didnt play the British Open.
Masters champion Angel Cabrera is the only player to win a major and make the cut in the other two ' Lucas Glover didnt qualify for the Masters and missed the cut at the British Open, while Stewart Cink missed the cut at the Masters.
None of the 15 have lit it up at each major. The consistency award probably would go to Ross Fisher of England. He finished under par at the Masters (T30) and the U.S. Open (5th), and was leading early in the final round of the British Open before the quadruple-bogey 8 on the fifth hole sent him to a 75 and a tied for 13th.
The 15 players to make the cut in all three majors: Sutherland, Cabrera, Fisher, Kenny Perry, Steve Stricker, Sean OHair, Jim Furyk, Camilo Villegas, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Vijay Singh, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Andres Romero.
The more dubious list is for those who have yet to make a cut in all three majors. That would be Briny Baird, D.J. Trahan, Brandt Snedeker, Michael Campbell and Alvaro Quiros.
But at least they qualified for all three. Scott Verplank and Woody Austin, members of the last Presidents Cup team, have yet to play in any major this year.
SINGHS PROGRESS: Vijay Singh concedes that he came back too early from knee surgery earlier this year.
Singh played at Kapalua before having surgery to repair a torn meniscus, returning a month later for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where he missed the cut. He missed the cut the next week, too, and did not record a top 10 finish until he closed with a 67 to sneak into a tie for ninth at The Players Championship.
The 46-year-old Fijian has yet to seriously contend on the back nine this year, with only three top 10s.
I just started playing a little too soon and it kind of put me back quite a bit, Singh said last week in a conference call. Instead of taking two months off, I took a month-and-a-half off, and going to the range created a lot of bad habits for my golf swing. And it took two or three months to get out of it, because every time you get out of something, you develop something new.
Not that hes terribly concerned.
A year ago, Singh didnt win until the Bridgestone Invitational in early August, then he won the first two tournaments in the PGA Tour Playoffs to essentially wrap up the FedEx Cup.
My golf game is coming around, Singh said. I have two weeks to practice, and I cant wait to get out there and do it again.
NAME GAME: Sean OHair became a father for the third time after the U.S. Open when his wife gave birth to a son, Grady Quinn, a name that has no particular significance.
Not so with the other two children, Molly and Luke, and it amazes OHair to talk about it.
When Jackie was pregnant, she had a dream with Molly written on the wall in purple, OHair said. And she looks just like Jackie.
Luke comes from his father-in-law, Steve Lucas, whose surname became his nickname in college.
He looks like Steves mother, OHair said. No one else in the family has red hair. Its weird.
As for Grady Quinn?
Pulled that one out of the air, OHair said. But he looks like me when I was that age. G.Q. Maybe thats it. Hes a handsome devil, just like his dad.
DIVOTS: According to the Official World Golf Ranking formula, the Texas Open had a slightly weaker field moving to May than it did when it was part of the Fall Series last year. U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover has not sorted out his silly-season schedule, but it will not include the World Cup or the HSBC Champions, both of them played in China. Teams are starting to come together for the World Cup, with Rory McIlroy-Graeme McDowell (Northern Ireland), Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher (England) and Rory Sabbatini and Richard Sterne (South Africa) among those committed. Nick Watney has agreed to play for the United States, although he hasnt announced his partner.
STAT OF THE WEEK: Of the top 10 players in career PGA Tour earnings, Kenny Perry is the only one without a major.
FINAL WORD: I dont know how long the FedEx Cup is going to go on for. If its a thing thats going to be around forever, then its probably one of the biggest successes of my career. ' Vijay Singh, who won the FedEx Cup last year.