The Senior Open Championship is at Turnberry this year, whose Alisa Course was also site to the 1977 “Duel in the Sun” between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus. To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the showdown, Watson was on hand when a plaque was installed where he hit his final approach.
‘This is a very special place for me,” Watson said, who also won the first of his three Senior Open Championship at Turnberry in 2003. ”Obviously, the premier of many of my memories is the Duel in the Sun, when I just edged out the greatest player who ever played the game. I believed in myself after that.”
Watson hit a 7-iron to 2 feet at the last to secure his win against Nicklaus, who drained a lengthy putt to make the final stroke meaningful.
”Unveiling the plaque is very special. I remember hitting the shot, which meant so much to me and so many other people.”
Turnberry hosts the Senior Open for this week for the first time since 2006.