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TOM Watson says messages of support from American troops he visited in Iraq have helped him put his Open disappointment into perspective.
TOM Watson has thanked his "great friend" and former rival Jack Nicklaus for calling him after he went agonisingly close to becoming golf's oldest major champion at Turnberry on Sunday.
WHILE Scotland's top amateurs are still basking in the second of two stunning successes, their professional counterparts continue to struggle on the big stage.
THE DEBATE raged on in south Ayrshire bars and in national phone-ins long after Tom Watson had fled the scene of his flirtation with history.
LEE Westwood hopes to overcome his Open heartbreak in the final major of the year next month.
NEXT summer's staging of the Open in the Auld Toun, on the 150th anniversary of the championship, is to be marked by a reprise of the four-hole Champions Challenge which proved so successful during 2000 in St Andrews to mark the new millennium.
TIGER Woods's premature exit from the Open, where he was bidding to lift the Claret Jug for a fourth time, raised immediate questions about his progress since returning from knee surgery.
THE onus lies with Scotland's up-and-coming amateur prospects to breathe new life into the faltering home challenge at future Open championships, according to Peter Dawson, the chief executive of the Royal and Ancient.
THE Royal and Ancient, organisers of the Open, are to consider changing the rule which ends exemptions for past champions competing in the oldest major at the age of 60 after Tom Watson came within a whisker at Turnberry of writing the most extraordinary chapter in tournament history.
TOM Watson's agonising play-off defeat at The Open has still improved his world ranking an incredible 1,269 places – from 1,374th to 105th.
STEWART Cink flew back to the United States yesterday not only clutching the Claret Jug, but also with a label that will follow him wherever he goes.
WORLD No 3 Paul Casey believes it is only a matter of time before he or one of his compatriots ends England's major drought.
NEW Open champion Stewart Cink today recalled the day it dawned on him that he had to "scrap everything" in order to become a Major winner.
HAVING loved every minute of his Open Championship debut, David Drysdale is in line for another big thrill later in the year by representing Scotland for the first time in his career.
ONLY the fourth man to be hailed as the champion golfer at Turnberry – he followed in the illustrious footsteps of Tom Watson, Greg Norman and Nick Price – Stewart Cink shrugged off mixed feelings about defeating the five-time Open champion in a play-off and harnessed that sense of conflict to clear his mind and collect the Claret Jug.
IF absence does make the heart grow fonder, then the 15-year interlude between major championships on the Ailsa has succeeded only in stirring the passions of players, spectators and television viewers alike for the bonnie links at Turnberry.
ENGLAND'S Lee Westwood suffered his most heartbreaking of near-misses in a major championship after coming within a putt of winning the Open at Turnberry.
IT PROMISED to be the most extraordinary story written in golf since the Open began up the road from the Ailsa at Prestwick all of 149 years ago. Tom Watson, 59 years young, faced an eight-foot putt on the 72nd hole at Turnberry to win his sixth Open title.