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Watson folds, Cink wins British Open

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(Read caption) Stewart Cink of the US holds the trophy after winning a playoff following the final round of the British Open Golf championship, at the Turnberry golf course, Scotland, Sunday.

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For three days and 17 holes of golf, Tom Watson was as good as he's ever been.

The five-time winner of the British Open had AARP card-carriers everywhere sitting on their edge of their Barcaloungers Sunday.

Then, Watson missed an 8-foot  putt on the 18th hole that would have made him - at 59 - the oldest golfer ever to have won any major championship.

And, quickly, the wheels started to come off. "Just one bad shot after another," admitted Watson in the post-tournament press conference.

After a four-hole playoff with Stewart Cink, Watson lost by six strokes, and the quest to rewrite the history books was over.

Cink, the 2009 British Open champion, put himself into contention by making four birdies on the back nine, including a long putt on the same 18th hole that was Watson's undoing.

Other than his own family and friends, Mr. Cink probably didn't have a lot of fans rooting for him to topple Watson.

For nearly four days, Watson played as if it were 1983 - the last time he won the British Open.

After the first round, Watson commented: "I think there was some spirituality out there ... the serenity of it was pretty neat."

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