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Tom Watson to miss Open

Tom Watson will miss the British Open this season for good reason.

A five-time winner of the event, Watson will miss July's Open Championship at Carnoustie and will be walking his daughter Meg down the aisle instead.

It will mark only the third time Watson will miss the British Open since he won there on his debut in 1975. Injuries kept Watson out in 1996 and 2004.

"I will be thinking a little bit about it. I won't tell her that, though," Watson said.

The American star beat Australian Jack Newton in a playoff at Carnoustie 32 years ago, then triumphed again at Carnoustie in 1977, Muirfield in 1980, Troon in 1982 and Birkdale the following year.

He had a great chance to join Harry Vardon as the only two men to win the Claret Jug six times at St. Andrews in 1984, but bogeyed the 17th just as Seve Ballesteros birdied the 18th.

Watson has made the cut the last three British Opens he has played.


February 15, 2007

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