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Tom Watson Sinks Hole-in-One at British Open

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If you think there is nothing exciting going on at the British Open this year because Tiger Woods is not in the tournament, you should see 61-year old Tom Watson sinking a hole-in-one in the second round yesterday. It is an exciting sports moment mostly because it is so rare.

Watson has had only one other hole-in-one in a major (the U.S. Open in 1980) and fifteen in his entire career, so that should tell you something. Watson said he didn’t see it go in but caught it on the replay. He joked, “But it was lucky. They’re all lucky when they go in.”

The shot came in the second round with Watson using a 4-iron and hitting into the wind. The ball made one high bounce and then popped right into the hole. Watson’s ace enabled him to go on to finish an even par-70, which helped him make the cut.

Darren Clarke and Lucas Glover currently share the lead at the British Open in Sandwich, England. Rory McIlroy, winner of the U.S. Open, was six shots out of the lead.

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About Victor Lana

Victor Lana has published numerous stories, articles, and poems in literary magazines and online. His books In a Dark Time (1994), A Death in Prague (2002), Move (2003), The Savage Quiet September Sun: A Collection of 9/11 Stories (2005) and Like a Passing Shadow (2009) are available online and as e-books. He has won the National Arts Club Award for Poetry, but has concentrated mostly on fiction and non-fiction prose in recent years. He has worked as faculty advisor to school literary magazines and enjoys the creative process as a writer, editor, and collaborator. He has been with Blogcritics since July 2005, has edited many articles, was co-head sports editor with Charley Doherty, and now is a Culture and Society editor. He views Blogcritics as one of most exciting, fresh, and meaningful opportunities in his writing life.