Tom Watson tess off in the Dubai Desert Classic tomorrow on a mission to win the tournament where he is appearing for the first time.
Last July the 60-year-old almost recorded a famous Open victory when he had a putt to win at Turnberry on the 72nd hole. The American eventually lost in a play-off to compatriot Stewart Cink, but the eight-time Major winner’s competitive nature has not been dented.
“I judge my year on if I win a golf tournament,” said Watson. “Very simple, and if I win a golf tournament, it’s been a success just a cut above. Even if I played lousy and I still won a golf tournament, that’s what I’m out here to do is still beat everybody. That’s when I get my jollies.”
“I have to say, it’s pretty straightforward how to play this golf course. You put the ball in the fairway, you have a chance. But there are always the idiosyncrasies of the certain shots that you have to play to, say, the 15th green that maybe I just don’t know and other players do know.”