Woods new star of links golf: Watson

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Tom Watson, the master of links golf, is ready to hand the mantel over to Tiger Woods.

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Tom Watson, the master of links golf, is ready to hand the mantel over to Tiger Woods. Chasing a third British Seniors title in four years to go with his five British Open championships, Watson is the most successful links player of all-time in pro tournaments. But he believes Woods is the new star of links golf after the unorthodox way he negotiated the Royal Liverpool course to win his third Open title Sunday at Hoylake. "You look at what Tiger did last week and there was almost a criticism that he never used a driver,'' Watson said on Wednesday on the eve of the Senior British Open. "I think that was the beauty of his game, that he could play the game as well as he did without having to hit a driver," he added. Woods became the first player to win back-to-back British Opens since Watson in 1982-83. Watson made the cut at Hoylake and finished in a tie for 48th. Weeks of hot sun and no rain parched the course at Hoylake, making the fairways ultra firm. Woods decided to keep his driver and 3-wood in the bag. (AP)

Topics : Golf
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