The Open in review

For many watching at the 138th Open Championship, there was only one man they wanted to win, Tom Watson.

The fairytale ending did not present itself, with American, Stewart Cink stealing the claret jug from the 59 year old’s grasp.

As history was seemingly about to be made, with Watson requiring a par at the last to win, BBC commentator, Ken Brown said ‘fairytales do happen.’ Unfortunately for Watson, the fairytale ending was not for him.

Cink captured his first major victory in style, with a birdie at the last to set the clubhouse lead at two under par. Fellow competitors, Ross Fisher and Lee Westwood, the British hope, failed to end their major droughts. Fisher’s hopes ended early with a quadruple bogey, whereas Westwood, who was at one point leading, had a bogey at the last to miss the playoff by one.

“The 2009 Open, perhaps unfairly to Cink, will be remembered as Watson’s Open.”

The playoff itself, a one sided affair, left many fans disappointed. There was no dream story, no history made, no happy Tom Watson. Instead, it was left to Cink to ease to victory in the playoff. With everyone against him, he held his nerve to claim a much deserved victory.

It was clear that the spectators, fans and even the commentators were left feeling a little flattened by Tom’s failure. After coming so close to a sixth Open Championship, the ageing legend seemed jaded and mentally affected by the tribulations of the 72nd hole. A sad end to a brilliant four days of golf.

The 2009 Open, perhaps unfairly to Cink, will be remembered as Watson’s Open. He surpassed the success of Greg Norman’s challenge in 2008 and fell just short of glory, where Norman faded early in his final round.

The British hope, after Fisher’s nightmare hole, was led by Chris Wood and Westwood, with both falling just one stroke short. Westwood, perhaps the better player over the four days, failed to have the one special round that Cink himself had, such as a 66 or better.

And the less said about Tiger the better. He did not look an inch like the great player we’ve come to know and hacked the ball around the course in an errant and wild manner.

Without the best players, and defending champion to challenge, it was left to a first time winner to take the plaudits and when Watson fans reflect today, they should bow to the worthy winner, Stewart Cink. Don’t forget, Tom has five Open victories, time to let someone else have a go eh, Tom?


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