Following Watson at St. George’s in ’93July 16, 2011 at 8:07 AM | Posted in Golf | 3 Comments
Tags: Brendan Mackey, Graham Page, Tom Watson
My son Brendan and I followed Tom Watson at Royal St. George’s in 1993, the year my least favorite player, Greg Norman, ran away from the field. My company back then, ASK, led in Europe by my friend Graham Page, hosted a Tent and I was a guest. I may have said hello to a customer or two but I was hell-bent to get out on the course and follow my hero.
These were the bad days for Watson when he was deep in the throes of his putting miseries. I remember well, actually it is all I remember, how he missed short birdie putt after short birdie putt until he started missing greens – and then he missed the par putts.
I had followed Watson often in the States and I knew his walk and this time, as the reality of the situation sunk in, that this was to be yet another bad putting day and that he was playing himself out of the Tournament, he began to sag.
St. George’s has a special place in English Golf and though I never got to play it, I was excited to see it, preparing for the day when I would get my chance. In those days, at the height of my golfing fever, I played so many great courses and I never imagined that the day would come when that would all be in the past.
Brendan and I did have a special day, one not many Yanks get to have and we carry that with us this weekend as the great Watson makes his presence felt yet once again.