2009 British Open: Cink Over Watson

The 2009 British Open was 138th time the tournament was played. Stewart Cink won it in a playoff over 59-year-old Tom Watson.

Winner: Stewart Cink, 278

Where it was played: Turnberry (Ailsa Course), Ayrshire, Scotland

Tournament dates: July 16-19, 2009

Leader after first round: Miguel Angel Jimenez, 64

Leader after second round: Steve Marino and Tom Watson, 135

Leader after third round: Tom Watson, 206

Notable Notes: In 1977, Tom Watson won a famous duel at Turnberry over Jack Nicklaus in a British Open. Thirty-two years later Watson, now 59, surely couldn't do it again, right? For 71 holes, it looked as if Watson might. Against all odds, he held the third-round lead, and after a birdie on the 17th hole of the final round led by one. The 5-time Open champion needed a par on the last to win.

But Watson overshot the green, putted back on, then badly missed the par putt, dropping into a tie with Stewart Cink. In the 4-hole aggregate playoff, Watson appeared physically and emotionally spent, and it was no contest. Cink was a first-time major winner.

Final Scores

p-Stewart Cink 66-72-71-69—278
Tom Watson 65-70-71-72—278
Chris Wood 70-70-72-67—279
Lee Westwood 68-70-70-71—279
Luke Donald 71-72-70-67—280
Retief Goosen 67-70-71-72—280
Mathew Goggin 66-72-69-73—280
Soren Hansen 68-72-74-67—281
Ernie Els 69-72-72-68—281
Justin Leonard 70-70-73-68—281
Thomas Aiken 71-72-69-69—281
Richard S. Johnson 70-72-69-70—281
Jeff Overton 70-69-76-67—282
Andres Romero 68-74-73-67—282
Miguel Angel Jimenez 64-73-76-69—282
a-Matteo Manassero 71-70-72-69—282
Camilo Villegas 66-73-73-70—282
Justin Rose 69-72-71-70—282
Francesco Molinari 71-70-71-70—282
Henrik Stenson 71-70-71-70—282
Boo Weekley 67-72-72-71—282
Thongchai Jaidee 69-72-69-72—282
Ross Fisher 69-68-70-75—282
Peter Hanson 70-71-72-70—283
Oliver Wilson 72-70-71-70—283
Angel Cabrera 69-70-72-72—283
Davis Love III 69-73-73-69—284
Soren Kjeldsen 68-76-71-69—284
Mark Calcavecchia 67-69-77-71—284
Nick Watney 71-72-71-70—284
Kenichi Kuboya 65-72-75-72—284
James Kingston 67-71-74-72—284
John Daly 68-72-72-72—284
Richard Sterne 67-73-75-70—285
Martin Kaymer 69-70-74-72—285
Graeme McDowell 68-73-71-73—285
Jim Furyk 67-72-70-76—285
Sergio Garcia 70-69-76-71—286
Thomas Levet 71-73-71-71—286
Nick Dougherty 70-70-73-73—286
Vijay Singh 67-70-75-74—286
Steve Marino 67-68-76-75—286
Anthony Wall 68-72-75-72—287
Branden Grace 67-72-73-75—287
Paul McGinley 71-71-70-75—287
Bryce Molder 70-73-67-77—287
Paul Lawrie 71-73-76-68—288
Zach Johnson 70-71-77-70—288
Paul Casey 68-76-74-70—288
Rory McIlroy 69-74-74-71—288
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 69-72-73-74—288
Darren Clarke 71-71-78-69—289
Kenny Perry 71-72-75-71—289
Graeme Storm 72-72-74-71—289
Robert Allenby 70-74-73-72—289
Johan Edfors 71-73-72-73—289
Billy Mayfair 69-73-73-74—289
David Howell 68-73-72-76—289
Steve Stricker 66-77-70-76—289
David Drysdale 69-73-75-73—290
Tom Lehman 68-74-74-74—290
Paul Broadhurst 70-72-74-74—290
Kevin Sutherland 69-73-73-75—290
Ryuji Imada 74-69-79-69—291
Fredrik Andersson Hed 71-70-78-73—292
Padraig Harrington 69-74-76-73—292
Stuart Appleby 71-72-76-73—292
Sean O'Hair 68-75-75-74—292
J.B. Holmes 68-70-75-80—293
Mark O'Meara 67-77-77-74—295
Fredrik Jacobson 70-72-77-76—295
Paul Goydos 72-72-77-82—303
Daniel Gaunt 76-67-79-82—304

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