Maybe only a Yellow Jacket could have held back the tide of history. Maybe only someone who played at Georgia Tech, which is an underdog in its own state, could have thumbed his nose at the hopes of a globe of golf watchers. Maybe Stewart Cink, who lives in Duluth, was the exact right man to do the exact wrong thing.
The sporting world wanted Tom Watson to win the British Open, and he came as close as you could and not win. One modest putt on the 72nd hole and he’d have lapped what Jack Nicklaus did at Augusta in 1986. The famous Golden Bear comeback Masters came at age 46. On this Sunday in Scotland, Watson was 46 days short of his 60th birthday.
Watson was once the greatest player in the world, but his last major title came in 1983. The 1983 National League Most Valuable Player was Dale Murphy of the Atlanta Braves, who retired from baseball in 1993. The 1983 AL MVP was Cal Ripken Jr., and even the iron man of his sport stopped playing in 2001.
Twenty-six years after the