2009 British Open

The 2009 British Open is likely to linger in the memories of golf fans for decades. The tournament will be best remembered for the battling display put on by 49 year old Tom Watson, a former British Open winner who had been put out to pasture over a decade ago. Watson came within a stroke of winning the tournament before succumbing to Stewart Cink in a playoff.

First Round

The first round of the 2009 British Open saw Turnbull golf course at its best behaved. The sunny, calm conditions allowed several players to chalk up decent scores as Miguel Angel Jiminez emerged as the 1st round leader, while the likes of Tom Watson, Stewart Cink and Ben Curtis all put in credible performances.

Second Round

Turnbull unleashed the elements on the second day of the 2009 British Open, playing havoc with the leaderboard. It was during the round that Tom Watson began emerging as a title contender, deftly handling the windy, drizzly conditions as he played himself into a first place tie with Steve Marino. Meanwhile Jiminez slid down to fourth place, while Tiger Woods failed to make the cut.

Third Round

Saturday at the 2009 British Open brought more miserable conditions, and it was Tom Watson who once again proved himself most adept at handling the tricky Turnbull links. The American used his round to open up a one shot lead over the duo of Ross Fisher and Matthew Goggin, and appeared set to make history on the final day of the tournament.

Fourth Round

The final day of the 2009 British Open was fraught with tension, as the crowd willed Watson on to a famous win. However, over the course of the day Stewart Cink began to close in on the golfing legend. Watson needed a par four at the 18th to retain his one shot lead and win the tournament, but ultimately birdied the hole to find himself in a playoff with Cink.


The 2009 British Open playoff proved to be a nightmare for a tired Watson. The American had lost both his confidence and focus, and went over par on both the 1st and 3rd holes of the four hole playoff. Cink played flawless golf to eventually clinch the playoff by a clear six shots from a deflated Watson.