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Tom Watson hung in there quite nicely Thursday.
Some might be shocked to see that 64-year-old Tom Watson finished his first round with a score of 73, one-over par.
It really isn't all that much of a surprise because no American player has won more Open Championships (five) or knows how to play links golf better than Watson.
Yes, he's 64, but just five years ago, he nearly won this tournament at Turnberry.
Thursday, he made 10 pars, four birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey under perfect conditions.
Watson is aided this week by playing a firm, bouncy golf course that helps him make up for driving the ball a much shorter distance than the younger stars of the game today.
"I hit some decent iron shots, but with the driver, just getting the ball in the fairway was not very good. I am going directly to the practice range so I can work on something I thought about on the 18th tee," Watson said after his round was complete, via PGA.com.
Don't expect to see much different from Watson on Friday. If he continues to keep his tee shots in play, there's no reason to believe he won't put together another round near par and make the cut.
Of course, getting to the weekend will serve another purpose for Watson. The 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup captain would get an extra two days of scouting players for the September event.