Tom Watson, 61, aces hole at Open
Tom Watson takes a jovial bow after shooting a hole-in-one Friday at the British Open.
July 15th, 2011
12:35 PM ET

Tom Watson, 61, aces hole at Open

Five-time British Open champion Tom Watson shot a hole-in-one Friday at the British Open in Kent, England.

The 61-year-old veteran aced the 178-yard, par-3 sixth hole at Royal St. George's Golf Club, reported. The ball bounced once on the green and disappeared into the cup.

The crowd at the green roared its approval, and the fans at the sixth tee gave him a standing ovation. The beaming Watson responded with outstretched arms, followed by a deep, theatrical bow.

During the prime of his career, Watson won The Open Championship in 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982 and 1983. He finished second in the 2009 Open after leading much of the way.

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  1. eg


    July 15, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jj

    old guy kickin youngsters
    azzes! good for you tom!

    July 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Queen

    Good for him!

    July 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tim

    Go Watson.

    July 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bob

    It's elementary my dear Watson.

    July 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marsha

    What is your true name. I'm sure you're not who you say you are.

    July 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dolly Parton

      Yeah, that's his real name, alright. People don't ever use fake names on the interwebz.

      July 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philp

    Tom Watson always get's it up for The Open, the British Open that is. And I don't know how he does it. The course he's playing on...your tee shot can land square in the middle of any fairway, and where it bounces nobody knows! And them freeging pothole bunkers. They look like old WW2 bomb-blast holes some kids made a sandbox out of. On my best day, I might be able to break a hundred on St. George. Greg Norman holds the four-round record on this course. He shot 4 straight sub-70's that year and won, finally Norman won. But I'll be cheering for Tom at the BO! WTG Watson! Whip them pups.

    July 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |