Jul
22
2009
Will (and Should) Tom Watson Play in the PGA?
By Stephanie Wei under General

It was reported yesterday that Tom Watson would need an invitation to play in the PGA Championship at Hazeltine next month. It’s the only major he’s never won. Well, I doubt he cares about that minor detail. He already has 8 other major championships on his resume. Let’s be real, the chances of Watson winning the PGA and completing the career grand slam are about as likely as me going out and shooting 59 at Bethpage Black tomorrow.

Not to take away from his stellar play at the British Open — if you haven’t noticed, I’ve sang his praises loudly. But remember that at a links golf course, especially Turnberry, we’re more likely to see an unlikely winner (or runner-up). Watson himself even said that he doesn’t go to Augusta because he can’t play it anymore unless he’s “absolutely perfect” (read: he has no chance).

In fact, I’m not sure if he should play. It’d be kind of depressing if he played poorly. Like really, really poorly. I’d like to keep him at the high standard I have now. I mean, I wouldn’t mind seeing him at Hazeltine. Who knows, maybe he’ll surprise us…again. After all, he has shown us that the unthinkable is possible (even an almost win qualifies). But ehh…

Let’s give the guy some breathing room before we start asking him to perform more heroics. I think he’s had enough excitement to last him quite a while. Don’t forget, he’s rather fragile at his age.

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