British Open 2011: Tom Watson makes more magic with a hole-in-one


When you ace a hole at the British Open and you’re Tom Watson, you take a bow. (Stuart Franklin / GETTY IMAGES)

Updated at 9:44 a.m.

Tom Watson, who has worked more magic in Britain than Harry Potter, added another special moment today: a hole-in-one on the second round of the British Open.

Now 61, Watson aced the 178-yard, par-3 hole at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England, and took a nice, deep bow as he acknowledged the crowd’s cheers. Watson, a five-time British Open champion, finished with a par 70 for a 72-70 — 142 total that leaves him right at the edge of the projected cut.

Watson threw his arms in the air after the ball went in and turned to his playing partners, high-fiving Henrik Stenson and shaking the hand of Tom Lewis. He walked toward the green and said, via the Associated Press, “Wish I could have seen it go in.”

As he watched a replay with ESPN afterward, Watson, who said he hit his first hole-in-one when he was “11 or 12,” said: “I slam dunked it! Didn’t know I slam-dunked it. ... How about that?”

Only two years ago at Turnberry, Watson had his British Open mojo working and — improbably, delightfully — nearly won the tournament, losing in a playoff to Stewart Cink.

Watson’s ace is the second of the tournament. Dustin Johnson aced the par-3 16th hole Thursday. That was the first hole-in-one at the British Open since 2009.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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