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Watson Enjoyed Comfort Zone In Scotland

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 26, 2013 at 02:53 PM

Penguins have the South Pole. Democrats have Massachusetts. And Tom Watson has Scotland.

'I wish I could play every tournament in Scotland,' he said Sunday at Muirfield.

No wonder. The 57-year-old American won again in golf's homeland. It was Watson's seventh major championship won in Scotland - four of his five British Open titles along with three Senior British wins.

'When you feel comfortable, you don't get too nervous,' he said. 'You don't get too much out of sorts when you hit a bad shot.'

That's a good thing because Watson pushed his luck to the limit.

Three shots in front on the final hole, he found a nasty lie in a fairway bunker and needed two shots to escape. Finally on the green, he two-putted from 25 feet for a one-shot win over Australian Stewart Ginn and American Mark O'Meara.

'I had to make it interesting,' he said.

Extremely rewarding, too.

Three weeks earlier at Whistling Straits for the U.S. Senior Open, Watson blew a three-shot lead after 10 holes during the final round, shooting 43 on the closing nine.

It would not happen again.

'It was really disappointing, the Senior Open,' Watson said. 'But, as is the custom in my career, when I've had some bad tournaments, I've come back very quickly.

'I guess that's part of my personality. I hate failure. And I just want to get back to even. Winning this tournament was getting back to even.'

LOOKING GOOD: Known more for her swimsuit calendar, commercials and television reality show, Natalie Gulbis, 24, earned the first win of her six-season LPGA Tour career by taking the Evian Masters in France.

Gulbis posted a final-round 70 and defeated South Korean Jeong Jang with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

'Obviously there has been quite a bit of hype on if I would ever win a tournament,' Gulbis said. 'I was really close last year where I lost a playoff at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

'I had been injured for a lot of the season and was way back on the money list, like 44th, maybe 50th. Probably the lowest I'd ever gotten to. Just tried to stay positive, so that means a lot, that the hard work has paid off. So many great people supporting me in the U.S. from the media to my team to my fans. It's great.'

IMPORTANT HOLE: The 209-yar par-3 fourth hole at Angus Glen's North Course in Markham, Ontario, was the difference at the PGA Tour's Canadian Open.

Jim Furyk, who successfully defended his title, aced the hole Sunday and played it in 5 under for the week, while runner-up Vijay Singh made a final-day bogey and was 3 over for the four rounds.

'Eight strokes, that's a huge turnaround on one hole,' Furyk said. 'It's pretty special to play the hole 5 under on the week. You usually do that on a par 5 and rarely or never see that on a par 3. A pretty darn good hole, too. It's not like a wedge or a 9-iron shot.'

NOTES: Making his senior golf debut, Nick Faldo finished tied for 14th at the Senior British, falling back after sharing the first-round lead. A final-round 75 gave him an 8-over total of 292. ... Juli Inkster, 47, held a two-shot lead after 54 holes at the Evian Masters and could have become the oldest player to win an LPGA event, but she bogeyed three of her final five holes to shoot 75 and tie for third.

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