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Reactions to Watson's performance

TURNBERRY, Scotland -- Though Tom Watson came up just short at the Open Championship, his amazing performance all week provoked an incredible outpouring of thoughts and emotions from his fellow competitors. Here is a sample of their reactions:

"I grew up watching Tom Watson play on TV and hoping one day maybe I could follow in his footsteps at the Open Championship. He's turned back the clock. ... I just feel so happy to be a part of it, let alone win." -- Stewart Cink

“"The same Tom Watson that won this tournament in ... '77, the same guy showed up here this week.  And he just about did it.  He beat everybody but one guy.  And it was really special." -- Stewart Cink
 
"He's still got it, obviously.  Don't need me to tell you that.  And this is the kind of golf course and links golf is the format of golf that age isn't a factor and you can still compete because it's played mainly on the ground, and golf courses such as this enable you to do that because you can't try and rip them to shreds." -- Lee Westwood

"I feel terrible for Tom Watson. What an incredible week! He should be proud!" -- Annika Sorenstam on Twitter
 
"He's a legend, true legend, to keep it going at 59 it's an inspiration, and I'm sure it will obviously encourage the likes of myself to keep going even when I get in my 50s or 60s."  -- Ross Fisher

"I love the fact that Tom Watson is having a chance to win and competing.  … I think the game of golf has become a little bit more advantageous to the guys who bomb the ball and hit it far, and this week very much levels that out.  I think it's more about strategy, more about controlling your ball, shaping the ball into the wind left-to-right, right-to-left, and Tom Watson can obviously do that.  He's not going to drive it past Bubba Watson every day, but he can control his ball, and that's why he's done well this week." -- Luke Donald

"I think it’s great. I think he may be a little bit inspired by how Greg played last year, and, I mean, you know, he's the king of links golf as far as Americans are concerned and maybe throughout the world, as many Open Championships that he's won as well as Senior Opens.  So it's great to see him come over here, and, you know, it would be nice to see him add a few more years to his exemption." -- Justin Leonard

"It's incredible.  You can tell by his ball flight, he doesn't carry the ball very far, but he has a great tumbling ball flight.  He's striking the ball so well, just so straight.  He can contend on these golf courses forever the way he strikes the ball.  In America it's a bit lusher and the courses are a bit longer and you've got to carry the ball, and he probably doesn't have much of a chance.  But here, every year this would be perfect for him." -- Mathew Goggin
       
"Tom Watson is my hero. He didn't win today but played like a champ and was a true gentleman to the end. Bravo!" -- Peter Jacobsen on Twitter
 

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