Watson Sunk By Cink At British Open
GUY RAZ, host:
Drama on the golf links today. Fifty-nine-year-old Tom Watson had the chance to become the oldest golfer ever to win a major tournament. He was on the 18th and final hole, leading by a stroke, just an eight-foot putt away from history and his sixth victory at the British Open. Then this:
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Mr. MIKE TIRICO (Newscaster, ABC): Evened it up there. It's all over. Four-hole playoff with Tom Watson and Stewart Cink. Watson bogeys the 72nd hole.
RAZ: That's ABC's Mike Tirico. That bogey left Watson in a tie with a man 23 years his junior. Cink dominated the playoff that followed and won his first British Open. Still, by leading for most of the Open's four days, Tom Watson became a hero for graying golfers everywhere. And to a somber crowd at the post-tournament press conference, he said:
Mr. TOM WATSON (Golfer): This ain't a funeral, you know.
(Soundbite of laughter)