By Chris Clark
Co founder, The Senior List.com
So what's in a number anyway? Golfers know all too well that on the course numbers matter... and in life, they matter too (sometimes). The number 59 is a magical number to the game of golf. Only 4 golfers on the planet have managed to post 59's during a PGA tour event; Al Geiberger in 1977, Chip Beck in 1991, David Duval in 1999, and Annika Sorenstam in 2001 (LPGA). Up to now, the number 59 in the game of golf is the stuff of legends.
After this past week's (British) Open Championship at Turnberry, the number 59 now has new meaning to golfers all over the globe. Tom Watson, at the age of 59 (just weeks shy of his 60th birthday) turned back the clock and gave every golfer... heck anyone who's ever felt their age, a reason to cheer him on... and they did. The cheering wasn't limited to the Scots, or the patrons in the gallery- it was heard all over the globe, and I hope Tom felt something special from each of us with every swing of his club on Sunday.
Oh the Scots love Tom Watson! After all, he's won 5 British Open championships to date. On Sunday, after magical performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday Tom Watson found himself with one putt to WIN the Open one more time (on the 18th, and final hole). The putt didn't find it's mark, and ultimately Watson went on to lose in a playoff to Stewart Cink (who's 36 if you're counting). Cink managed to win the Claret Jug, the oldest trophy in golf, but it was Watson that won our hearts. It was a journey for the ages... and will forever tie Tom Watson and the game of golf to the number 59. Here's hoping I get to write about Tom Watson and the number 60 next year...