The top 60 plus ties make the cut, which this year came at seven over. Only the heroics of Rocky Walcher, a journeyman pro from Oklahoma City, kept the number from going to eight. He got up and down for par on the 36th hole to remain seven over and become the 60th, and last, player in the field, thus knocking out the 15 golfers tied at plus eight, including Open champions Hale Irwin, Corey Pavin and Tom Watson.
Watson bogeyed the 4th, 5th and 18th holes on both days while making only four birdies. "My long game was really off," he said. "I played like a hacker." Irwin, the king of the Senior tour, was almost in tears after opening with an 80. "I've been run over," he said. "Unbelievable. I don't think I had false hopes, but I had some hopes of playing well here. I'm embarrassed." The round wasn't a simple case of a Senior player not being able to cut it on a tough course. Irwin bounced back with a 68 on Friday. "Today showed I can play," he said.
When he finished, he hoped that the 12-footer for birdie he had left short at 18 wouldn't keep him from making the cut, although he had a bad feeling that it would. "My family is here, and we don't want to be tourists," Irwin said. "We don't want to see San Francisco on the weekend."
Irwin's Open was over, however. The course had won.