Watson squanders his chance at a historic win

TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) - Tom Watson squandered a chance to become golf's oldest major champion. The 59-year-old missed an 8-foot putt on the 72nd hole of the British Open, then lost a four-hole playoff to Stewart Cink.

Cink won his first major title, but this one will be remembered as the one that Watson let get away when he had a historic victory in his grasp.

He looked his age after a bogey on the last hole of regulation left him tied with Cink at 2-under 278. Watson bogeyed the first playoff hole and fell apart at the third, the par-5 17th.

An errant tee shot, two whacks to get out of the rough, and three putts left him with a double-bogey 7. It was over.

Cink capped it with a birdie at No. 18, winning the playoff by six shots.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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