WHILE Masseo Manassero and Tom Watson were name-checked often in tournament previews, it was simply to record the fact that they go into the 138th Open as the youngest and oldest entrants respectively. Few expected even one of the players going on to demand they remain in the spotlight, never mind both.
THIS wasn't the duelling of 1977, this was simply gruelling. While Jack Nicklaus was always the one in Tom Watson's sights then, here he swapped rivals during the course of an agonising afternoon.
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IS THERE no end to Tom Watson's determination to etch his name again into Turnberry folklore? Robbed on Thursday evening of the title of oldest man to lead the Open after its first round, Watson simply went out yesterday and made history by becoming the oldest man to lead the tournament after two rounds.
JOHN Hughes, like any new manager at a club, is desperate to make his own mark on Hibernian, but so far the Leither's revolution has been distinguished by the outward movement of star performers and the influx of less stellar names signed on a 'free' from his former club.
FOR all the hype surrounding Andy Murray, Virginia Wade remains the last Briton to contest a singles final at Wimbledon. It is a fact which Wade will thank you for pointing out since it is in danger of being obscured as the number '71' is routinely banded about.
ALONG with Newcastle United fans, Celtic supporters have earned a reputation for being rather too keen to rush to the doors of their club's stadium. It is as if only there can an emotional response to a situation be delivered.
AS WELL as being a relief, yesterday's confirmation that Tony Mowbray will today stretch a green and white scarf out above his head as Celtic manager offers the opportunity to reflect on the most recent times when other newcomers to this role have been paraded on the steps of the porch at Parkhead.
THE notion of a returning hero was almost as powerful as the smell of fresh paint in the corridors at Pittodrie yesterday. The decorators are in. And so, at long last, is the man referred to in these parts as Dingus, a moniker inspired by the Dirty Dingus Magee character from a 1970s western.
GIVEN the fact that he has a son who turns one this month, it is remarkable to think Mark McGhee has been in management for almost 20 years. His latest move to take over at Aberdeen, which is expected to be concluded today, means McGhee will shortly join the seventh club of his managerial career. This is the same number of clubs that made up the 52-year-old Scot's playing career.
THE recent convulsions in the Cabinet demonstrate what can happen when personal relations turn sour. It occurs in every walk of life.
THERE are two words guaranteed to bring an Evertonian out of a cup final trance. Alex and Young. But then the day dreaming is likely to begin almost instantly again, with a burst of golden visions.
THE thought of a final-day championship finale was perhaps more exciting than the reality. A helicopter, the favoured mode of transport for delivering the Clydesdale Bank Premier League trophy, was berthed in Gleneagles, halfway between Glasgow and Dundee.
DUNDEE United celebrate their centenary tomorrow, but for Craig Levein it must feel as though the current season has lasted for a hundred years. Not many managers are asked to bear the weight of contributing an address at the funeral of a chairman, and it is with Eddie Thompson in mind that Levein prepares to seal United's return to Europe tomorrow.
AS INTRIGUE bubbles away at both ends of the Scottish Premier League on this final weekend of the league season, the temptation might be to mistake a thrilling conclusion for proof of the vibrant state of the game in Scotland at present.
SOME players begin in a blaze of glory, and then suffer as their subsequent performances fail to match up to their original promise. Rob Jones, however, has continued to burrow deeper into Hibs fans' affections since one supporter informed him that the jury was still out after his first weeks at Easter Road.
IF THERE was a moment which summed up the determination at Ibrox to secure a first title since 2005 it arrived after the final whistle on Saturday.
EACH city has its football rivalry, and today's meeting between Rangers and Celtic is just an extension of the tribalism Walter Smith and Gordon Strachan tasted when living in the same suburb of Dundee.
Falkirk great happy with his lot but bemused by call for him to replace Hughes
IT is a long time since the cinema on Station Road in Kinross became a bingo hall, but if the recently-released The Damned United had played in the town then locals might have joined Duncan Revie in being unable to recognise the portrayal of his father.
HE IS credited with being the subject of the first golfing biography, but was as valiant on the battle field as fairways. The 19th century golf medals awarded to the Edinburgh-born golfer Freddie Guthrie Tait will go up for auction next month in his hometown, with the sale also including a collection of diaries and golf score books all hand-written by Tait.