After a three-mile run at 5:30 a.m. this morning, I turned on my television to see that Tom Watson scorched Turnberry today, firing a first round 65 (-5). Wow.
If no one surpasses the 59 year old today, he’ll become the oldest first-round leader in British Open history. Wow. Watson won the first British Open played at Turnberry in 1977, besting Jack Nicklaus in the famous showdown known as “The Duel in the Sun.”
The top 5 almost looks like a Champions Tour leaderboard, with Mark O’ Meara and Mark Calcavecchia close behind Watson. Steve Stricker, Camilo Villegas, and David Howell, who came out of nowhere, are a few other names near the top.
This should be a fantastic Open. Weather was great this morning, but the afternoon guys should expect some elements. And who knows how the Mother Nature will cooperate this weekend.
One name to watch: Martin Kaymer. He’s won two consecutive weeks on the European Tour and is as hot as anyone coming into the Open. He’s teeing off in the afternoon groups today.
Watch the Open live here.