SANDWICH, England – Tom Watson provided another magical moment in the championship that he’s won five times.
Watson, 61, made news Thursday during the first round of the Open Championship because he was paired with co-leader Tom Lewis, who is named after Watson.
Friday, he made bigger news when he aced the 178-yard sixth hole. His 4-iron shot bounced once on the green and jumped forcefully into the hole. He followed it with a birdie on the par-5 seventh hole and was 1 under for the championship, well within the cut line with 11 holes remaining.
“I wish I could have seen it go in,” Watson said about the ace.
Watson has provided several special memories just over the last two years alone. Two years ago at the Open Championship at Turnberry, then 59 years old, he led most of the way but fell to Stewart Cink in a playoff. At the 2010 Masters, Watson shot a first-round 67 and was tied for second place. At the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Watson shot a first-round 78, but scrambled on Day 2 to shoot 71 and make the cut. He tied for 29th place.