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T. Watson pulls off backwards recovery shot

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PRATTVILLE, AL - SEPTEMBER 26: Lorena Ochoa of Mexico waches her drive from the 3rd tee during second round play in the Navistar LPGA Classic at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill on September 26, 2008 in Prattville, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)  - 

Last month when Victor Dubuisson made a pair of world-class escapes from the desert, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson took to Twitter to compliment the Frenchman on his impressive recovery skills.

Friday afternoon, Watson pulled off a backwards, one-handed chip shot at the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic that rivaled even Dubuisson's efforts from Dove Mountain.

After his approach to the eighth hole at Newport Beach Country Club left Watson next to a large palm tree, the 64-year-old got creative. Turning his back to the hole, Watson chipped using only his right hand and, despite the high degree of difficulty, ended up within a few feet of the hole:

Watson cleaned up the short putt for an all-world par and carded an even-par 71 in the first round, placing him eight shots behind Bernhard Langer after one round.

Is it too much to ask for a Dubuisson-Watson chip off from under a bush at Gleneagles this September?