Fisher moves into British Open lead as Watson begins quest to become oldest major championBy Paul Newberry, AP
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Fisher moves into lead at British Open
TURNBERRY, Scotland — England’s Ross Fisher has snatched away the British Open lead from Tom Watson, who’s trying to become golf’s oldest major champion.
Fisher — his wife overdue in giving birth to their first child — pulled into a tie for the top spot just as Watson was teeing off, rolling in a 15-foot birdie putt at No. 1. The Englishman made it two birdies in a row when he chipped in from behind the green, pushing his score to 5 under.
The 59-year-old Watson had the 54-hole lead at 4-under 206, but he immediately lost a stroke after a sloppy approach shot at No. 1 put him in a bunker, and an 8-foot putt to save par slid past the right side of the cup.
Australia’s Mathew Goggin, playing in the final group with Watson, parred the first hole to stay at 3 under.
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TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) — Tom Watson has teed off at the British Open, hoping to become the oldest major champion in golf history.
Sticking to his game plan, the 59-year-old Watson went with an iron off the first tee and put the ball right in the middle of the fairway.
Up ahead, England’s Ross Fisher — whose wife is overdue in giving birth to their first child — pulled into a tie for the lead just as Watson was teeing off, rolling in a 15-foot birdie putt at No. 1. Fisher says he’ll leave Turnberry if his wife goes into labor, even if he has a chance to win the claret jug.
Watson had a one-stroke lead over Fisher and Australian Mathew Goggin after 54 holes, already the oldest player ever to lead a major round.
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