A Special Moment at Tom Watson’s Last Open Championship

By Amelia Hamilton Published on July 17, 2015

In 1975, Tom Watson won his first Open Championship. 40 years later, he finished the final round at his last. Wrapping up his Open Championship career yesterday at the home of golf, St Andrews, Scotland, Watson received a standing ovation from fans as he putted in on 18. Along with the drives, putts, and applause, we shouldn’t overlook a quiet, poignant moment he had crossing the Swilcan Bridge.

The iconic bridge takes golfers across the Swilcan Burn on the 18th hole. When he crossed the bridge for his last round in an Open Championship, Watson paused for a moment, put his hands together, and looked to the sky. With a thumbs up, he crossed the bridge and completed his final hole.

One his round was completed, Watson sat down for an interview, and was asked about that moment. “I noticed you stepped on the Swilcan Bridge, which has come to symbolize so much in the game, a threshold, a passageway from one place to another, and you paused for a second and you looked up and you pointed. What was that for?” Watson replied “for some special people in my life (who) are no longer here.”

For more on Tom Watson’s final Open Championship, click here.

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