Golf ... and Tom Watson of the United States shot an impressive sixty-eight to share?
Golf ... and Tom Watson of the United States shot an impressive sixty-eight to share the lead with defending champion, Graham Marsh, of Australia, in the first round of the Invitational Tournament for the Lancombe Trophy at St Nom de la Breteche, France, on Thursday (19 October).
SYNOPSIS: Marsh needed plenty of practice. He said trouble with his swing had cost him his match-play title in Britain the week before.
Isao Aoki of Japan had no such worries; he had taken that title from Marsh, though his form slumped a little here.
In every tournament, Tom Watson is a man to watch; he had already won five big tournaments this year. He was to play so well in this round that he said better putting could have given him a sixty-three.
Aoki, who has played fine golf in Europe this year, was to be disappointed with a seventy-three that left him five strokes behind the leaders.
Aoki was sometimes astray with approach shots on this unfamiliar course.
This long putt, stopping just short, backed up Watson's lament that his putter was cool. Despite this, he dropped only one shot to par over the eighteen holes, and finished four under par.
Aoki's tilted putter usually works well for him, but not this time.
Gary Player, of South Africa, shot a useful seventy-two, while Lee Trevino, of the United States, also said his putter betrayed him in his round of seventy.
Patrick Cotton of France shot as steady seventy-two, sharing second place with Player, and just a stroke ahead of Aoki and Andy North of the United States.