Tom Watson doesn't want Tom Watson to win the Open
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On Friday, Tom Watson became the oldest player ever to make the cut in the Open Championship. No one was more upset by this development than Tom Watson.
The "other" Tom Watson is the manager of a William Hill betting shop in Hoylake – just down the road from Royal Liverpool – and his shop figures to lose a bundle if the U.S. Ryder Cup captain happens to pull off a sixth Open victory. Because the shop manager and the Hall of Fame golfer share the same name, plenty of "punters" have popped into the shop this week and put some money down on Watson to win – at 500-to-1 odds.
"I saw his practice round and I was hoping to witness him having a nightmare on the course at Hoylake, yet it was anything other than that," Watson the shop manager told The Liverpool Echo. "I'll be getting my leg pulled all week if he's on the leaderboard."
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Watson the golfer opened with a pair of 73s to make the cut, then added a 75 on Saturday. That leaves him 15 shots behind 54-hole leader Rory McIlroy – and should afford Watson the shop manager the luxury of a decent night's sleep ahead of the final round.
And now that Watson's worries are largely over, he'd love to join his namesake for a round of golf.
"I play off 11 at Bromborough Golf Club, so I'd be no match for Tom," he said. "But after all the stick I've had sharing his name, I'd love to play a round with him and pick up some tips."