A teary Tom Watson moved one hole closer to history today at the British Open, using two late birdies to take a one-stroke lead over younger upstarts Matthew Goggin of Australia and Ross Fisher of England, Golf.com reports. “It’s a surprise,” Watson said. The 59-year-old American, hoping to win a record sixth Open championship in tomorrow’s final day of play, already is the oldest player ever to lead a major going into the last round, Bloomberg notes.
“Today was the most serene I’ve ever been on the golf course. I have a game plan, and my game plan is working,” said Watson, who’s playing with a surgically replaced left hip that’s less than a year old. In a blustery day at Turnberry, Watson shot a 1-over 71, outmatching Goggin’s 69 and Fisher’s 70. Fisher says he won’t compete tomorrow if his expectant wife delivers their first child first.