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The Open: Tom Watson reckons conditions at Muirfield will suit him down to the ground

Last Updated: 18/07/13 9:09am

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Tom Watson on the second hole at Muirfield on Wednesday

Tom Watson on the second hole at Muirfield on Wednesday

Tom Watson insists he can still win a sixth Open Championship - four years after coming so close at the age of 59.

Watson was just a five-foot putt away from one of the greatest sporting achievements of all time in 2009 at Turnberry, before losing out in the subsequent play-off to Stewart Cink.

But with hard and fast conditions at Muirfield this week, the 63-year-old has not ruled out contending once more on a course where he won his third Open title in 1980.

"There is an element to this course that, because of how hard and fast it is, gives me a chance."
Tom Watson

"There is an element to this course that, because of how hard and fast it is, gives me a chance," Watson said after receiving the Golf Foundation's annual 'Spirit of Golf' award, a crystal replica of the Claret Jug.

"I didn't play too well last week or yesterday but today I made an adjustment in the swing back to where I should be. I hit some good quality shots and I am going in tomorrow with an unsure but positive attitude, rather than an unsure but negative attitude.


"I haven't had enough time to confirm what I was doing today but I hit the ball on the clubface where I hadn't been hitting the ball solidly. When I start hitting the ball solidly I have a chance."

Watson was named Ryder Cup captain in December last year, three months after the 'Miracle at Medinah' meant that Europe have won seven of the last nine biennial contests since Watson himself led the United States to victory at The Belfry in 1993.

He took the opportunity to have dinner with opposite number Paul McGinley on Monday night and said: "We had a three-hour dinner. We didn't talk much about the Ryder Cup until the last hour and there were a few things he wanted to talk to me about that I agreed to.

"They comprise maybe a little more of a community get-together with the players and I think that would be a good thing to do.

"When I played in the Ryder Cup, there were a lot of players we played against that I didn't know. We played the American tour and they played the European tour and in those days we got together on the Sunday night after it was over. That was really awkward!"

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