On Sunday, Ginn
learned that some things surpasseth all understanding. Watson caught up with a
birdie on the 3rd hole, and as sun followed rain and the wind came up again, he
pulled out to a four-shot lead over Ginn, Romero and O'Meara, another former
British Open champ. Watson was two under and still three strokes to the good
when he drove into a steep-faced fairway bunker on the par-4 18th (BIG PLAY,
page G18). That made it interesting, because it took Watson two shots to escape
the pit, and his fourth, from the fairway, bounced a few paces to the right of
the green. No matter. Using his big-headed putter, Watson rolled his ball down
to tap-in range. When neither O'Meara nor Ginn scared the hole with their long
birdie attempts, Watson bumped it in for his 49th career win.
Through it all,
the wind and sky kept performing their wonderful tricks. While waiting on the
16th tee, Watson's threesome had watched a spectacular rainbow fan out from
horizon to horizon, the brightest segment flowing right down to the Muirfield
clubhouse. "You notice those things when you're older," Watson said
after the trophy ceremony. "You're not so focused on birdies and bogeys and
all that stuff."
His smile said
another nine holes wasn't out of the question.
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