Posted by Ryan Wilson
Two years ago, Tom Watson, then 59, showed up at Turnberry and almost won the British Open. Stewart Cink held him off down the stretch, but it was the latest evidence that Watson and the Open Championship are forever intertwined. He has five Claret Jugs on his resume, and he's one of the most popular players in British Open history.
So it was only fitting that he showed up at Royal St. George's this week to wild applause and ended up in the same group as 20-year-old British amateur Tom Lewis, who was named for Watson.
While Watson's two-round, 2-over total is currently good for 52nd, we got a glimpse of why he is one of the best links players ever. On Friday, he carded a hole in one on the par 3, 176-yard sixth hole.
The best part (other than the pleasure of writing "1" on the scorecard): when Watson saw the replay for the first time he shouted: "Oh! A slam dunk!"
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