Tom Watson bids to end St Andrews drought as he tees up at Senior Open

“In a sense, he’s right. This is the oldest venue in golf. It would have been nice to have that feather in my cap. I can’t complain. I’ve got a few of them.”

Watson did attend last week’s (British) Open at Carnoustie where he witnessed Tiger Woods lead momentarily on the final day before finishing T6th and in Woods’ best Major showing since a similar place finish in the 2013 (British) Open.

And Watson labelled Woods’ effort as ‘sensational’ and predicting Woods will win a 15th Major Championship.

“I was there at Carnoustie but let’s put it in perspective as the Open Championship the last three years, Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson’s marvelous — maybe the best ever Championship in the final round; and then you had last year Jordan Spieth coming out of nowhere after hitting it everywhere, all of a sudden, completing changing gears and doing what he did last year, with birdies and eagle,” said Watson.

“And this year, you had Tiger moving the needle, again. He always moves the needle.

“You go on the ESPN website, go under the golf category, the first article is virtually always about Tiger, whether he’s in a tournament or not.