Watson compared to Snead


And you thought Tom Watson’s putting stroke prevented him from adding to his major championship totals.

Andy North, who will team with Watson at the Liberty Legends of Golf beginning Friday, is an admirer of what Watson did with his golf swing late in the game.

“He's able to swing the club as well or better now than he did 25, 30 years ago,” North told reporters at the Westin Savannah (Ga.) Harbor Resort and Spa. “I tell a lot of the younger guys, if this guy would have hit the ball in his late 20s and early 30s like he has in his 50s, he'd have won 20 tournaments a year. Guys say, `Ah, come on.’ Trust me. He'd have set records that Tiger Woods and them would have never seen. It would've been nice if he could have figured out what he wanted to do with his golf swing at 30 instead of 45. But at least he figured it out. Most of us never figure it out.

“But freak of nature? Tom's physical nature is a lot like Sam Snead. He's got great flexibility still. He's got great strength, and I wouldn't be surprised if he still plays terrific golf another five or six years.”

North and Watson will be looking to win the event for the second time in three years. Golf Channel will televise the action Friday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. with CBS picking up weekend coverage.