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British Open 2010: Tiger Woods Helps Tom Watson Create Golf History

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 16:  Tom Watson of the USA waves to the crowd on the Swilken Bridge on the 18th hole during the second round of the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 16, 2010 in St Andrews, Scotland.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Ron FurlongAnalyst IIJuly 17, 2010

Tom Watson has been very critical of Tiger Woods ever since the scandal with Woods broke late last year.

Despite the hard words from Watson sometimes, Tiger had a nice gesture for the legend from Kansas on Friday at the British Open.

Watson, a five-time winner of the Open, was in the group behind Tiger Woods. As darkness began to settle it became clear that Watson was going to miss the cut.

Suddenly we realized that this was more than likely Watson's last round at St. Andrews.

Although Tom figures to play in a few more Opens, he probably will not still be playing the next time the Old Course hosts another Open.

Because of the wind delay earlier in the day, darkness was falling quickly, and it appeared as though Tom would have to come out to play the final hole on Saturday morning. You can bet Watson didn't want to do this, and you know the crowd didn't want it.

They had been cheering Tom over the last few holes, realizing too that this was more than likely his swan song at St. Andrews.

With the light disappearing fast, Woods motioned for Tom and his group to swing away, assuring that they would finish the round on Friday and not have to come back Saturday morning.

The crowd loved it. Watson hit his drive and then stopped at the famous Swilcan Bridge on number 18. This is the same bridge Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus stopped on during their last round at St. Andrews for a brief tribute.

Watson bent down and gave the bridge a kiss. It was a brilliant moment in time.

Tom then proceeded to hit a wedge and nearly holed it out for a eagle. The ball came to rest literally a half inch from the hole. Tom tapped it in for a birdie.

Say what you want about Tiger Woods. This was a moment for the history of golf, and Tiger knows his history. He knew the right thing to do.

 

 

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