With eight holes left in the British Open, Tom Watson is tied for the lead. This might not mean much if you are not a golf fan. But there’s one thing about Tom Watson that makes this performance amazing … he’s 59-years-old.
Golf is a unique sports in that men well into their forties continue to compete – and win tournaments. Keny Perry almost won the Masters this year at 49. But it is unprecendented for a man on the verge of his 60th birthday to do what Watson is doing. Watson may not pull off the win (he’s tied with two others at the moment), but it is still incredible.
Two points here. First, it is never too late … to achieve a goal, to excel in your field, to make amends, etc.
Second, where has the media been on this performance? This story is barely getting any play outside the sports media. Why? It is annoying to have spent a week listening to ridiculous coverage of the death of Jacko. We are forced to hear about other ridiculous firsts, such as (qualified 6 times): Ohio’s first black nonjudicial statewide officeholder. But there’s little talk this week of Watson – who, being a successful older white American male, does not apparently meet the media’s guidelines for a compelling story.
Go Tom Watson – you can do it! [photo credit to: Tillers1]
Update: Watson played great down the stretch, but missed a 9-foot putt for the championship. Deflated by the miss, Watson has made a mess of the 4-hole playoff versus fellow American Stewart Cink. It’s too bad that a late meltdown will overshadow the insanity of a 59-year-old tying the British Open after 72 holes. Truly inspiring.