The 138th Open | 2009 Turnberry

Tom Watson's fairytale comes up short

In one of sport's truly iconic performances, Tom Watson's putt to win The 138th Open at the age of 59 came up just inches short.

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Stewart Cink eventually beat out Watson in a four-hole play-off for the title, but the latter's play, which had captured the hearts and minds of the sporting world, came so close to yielding victory in regulation.

The five-time Champion Golfer, looking to tie Harry Vardon for the most Open victories ever, held a one-stroke lead heading into the final hole, but a bogey left Watson in a play-off with Cink on a thrilling final day.

Hear from the contenders on The 138th Championship here, with The Story of 2009 documentary podcast.