On the improve: Watson signs off in fine style

Roller-coaster … Tom Watson says goodbye.TOM WATSON’S roller-coaster Australian Open campaign ended on a high yesterday, after the veteran capitalised on the friendly morning conditions to post the best score before the wind suspension.

While the eight-time major winner enjoyed the luxury of teeing off in near-perfect conditions at 6.56am, he still managed a nine-shot turnaround from his previous round.

The three-under round of 69, one shot off his tournament best on day two, meant Watson finished the tournament at five over.

He has been battling illness and suffered from jet lag during his time in Sydney, but made no excuses.

”It’s a fact that I wasn’t in a very good shape as far as my body is concerned,” Watson said.

”With no sleep yesterday, and the day before was kind of the same way and had about four hours sleep there. Yesterday I relaxed too much and I played a lot of stupid shots. Nothing on the club face.

”I felt a little bit better today. My body was in better shape today than it was yesterday with no sleep. Today I was a little bit more rested, and I played some half-decent golf. I hit a few shots on the club face. The last shot was a nice shot with a two hybrid in the wind. Kids are hitting four irons, and I’m hitting two hybrids. I can see the handwriting on the wall.”

Watson made three birdies and avoided a hiccup on the back nine when the wind began to pick up just after 9am. With a large contingent of admirers waiting for him on the final hole, Watson missed a putt to end with a birdie, but still received an ovation fit for a player who returned a score of five under, not five over.

He remains undecided whether he’ll return to Sydney next season, but refused to rule out another tilt at the Australian Open.

”Who knows, who knows – I certainly enjoy being here in this country,” he said. ”Seeing the different things like the outback, Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns … there’s just a lot of things that I’ve done. I’ve been to New Zealand, and I’d like to go to Tasmania. I’d like to see the western part of Australia, I haven’t seen that.

”Maybe before my life ends I’ll make a trip here and spend a couple of weeks and do things like that. There’s always a chance [of playing in the Australia Open]. I’m certainly not pleased with the way I’ve played the last two weeks in South Africa and here.

”What I’m taking away from it is that I think I’m moving a little bit. I think I’m moving all over the place with my upper body. I don’t know if that’s just being not able to get through my left side. I’m thinking out loud as far as my swing is concerned.”

While Watson admitted he hadn’t been approached about the possibility of replacing Davis Love as US Ryder Cup captain for the 2014 tournament in Scotland, where he has a large supporter base, he expressed his desire to take on the role.

”It would be pretty cool,” he said. ”It would be cool to be a Ryder Cup captain.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.


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