A nap and a night at the opera give Watson the edge

There was generous applause as Watson walked off an Australian golf course for maybe the last time

AFTER a Saturday afternoon nap and a night at the Sydney Opera House Tom Watson bounced back to post a final round 3-under 69 at the 2012 Emirates Australian Open.

That makes two good rounds and two “ugly” in probably the last appearance by the 63 year old American golfing legend at an Australian golf tournament.

“I must be an odd round guy,” Watson joked after posting scores of 78, 68, 78, 69.

Watson finished his round shortly before what were officially described as “brutal playing conditions” caused the suspension of play at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney.

Winds which began the morning around the 40 kph mark worsened to gusts of 80 kph to start moving balls on the greens and cause the collapse of a television tower on the 18th green.

Watson, who had been battling jet lag, a lack of sleep and a heavy cold all week, was finally feeling in top shape and had just one suggestion of what could improve the tournament.

“If I won it,” the eight time Major winner said.

Though unlikely, Watson did leave the door open to a possible return.

“There’s always a chance [I’ll be back]” he said. “I certainly haven’t been pleased about the way I played these last two weeks in South Africa and here.”

Watson predicted if the winds remained strong even par would be a good score for the afternoon.

If that was the case, it would give Watson the low round of the day – a fitting Aussie exit for the golfing icon.



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