TOM WATSON rolled back the years and doubtless a few tears as he made a majestic return to Turnberry, scene of one of his greatest triumphs. Watson claimed the clubhouse lead as he carded an opening 65, five under par, in benign conditions, the same score he recorded in the last two rounds on his way to victory here in 1977 in the famous Duel in the Sun with Jack Nicklaus. The 59-year-old recorded five birdies and no bogeys in a flawless display to lead by one from Australian John Senden, American Steve Stricker and Colombias Camilo Villegas. The oldest winnerof theOpenwasOldTomMorris, who was 46 when he won in 1867. Englands David Howell and American Stewart Cink were also four under with four holes remaining, but Tiger Woods was five off the pace on level par. The world number one embarrassingly topped his second shot on the ninth, angrily throwing his club to the ground afterashotmoreakintoaweekendhacker, and was often wayward off the tee. In contrast, Watson birdied the first fromfivefeet,holedfrom20ftonthethird and saw another birdie putt on the next lip out. The American, who underwent hip replacement surgery in October last year, birdied the 10th, 12th and 17th as well to carry on the trend of veteran players excelling in the Open, Greg Nor- man having finished third last year at the age of 53. Not bad for an almost 60-year-old, Watson said. I obviously enjoyed it, played very well, kept the ball in play and made a few putts. The golf course was defenceless today, the wind did not blow. I suspect by the end of the day, 65 will not be leading. Asked about his victory here 22 years ago, Watson added: I dont live in the past but its at the forefront of a lot of conversations this week. Its amazing to think some of the guys playing in the tournament were not born in 1977. I played with Matteo Manassero today (the British Amateur champion) and hes 16 years old. Australian Senden was seventh reserve for The Open only a week ago and appeared to have next to no chance of playing at Turnberry. Even on Sunday when he moved up to fourth alternate, the 38-year-old flew home to Texas from a tournament in Illinois because he did not think it was worth crossing the Atlantic. But there was no romantic return for two-time Open winner Norman who shot a seven-over 77. For me to drive the ball the way I did today was probably the worst of my career and if you dont get on the fair- way you are going to struggle. I got what I deserved. 40 Thursday, 16 July 2009 London Lite LITESPORT Watsons leader in the clubhouse just months after a hip replacement TOMORROWS TEE TIMES GB unless stated. (x) denotes amateurs 1141 MCampbell(NZ),PBroadhurst,MCalcavecchia(US) 1152 JOverton(US),PLarrazabal(Spa),GOrr 1203 AWall,RSabbatini(SA),JMilkhaSingh(Ind) 1214 NWatney(US),GStorm,CSchwartzel(SA) 1225 REchenique(Arg),RFinch,MOMeara(US) 1236 NDougherty,DDuval(US),AScott(Aus) 1247 KPerry(US),GNorman(Aus),OWilson 1258 HStenson(Swe),SStricker(US),W-CLiang(Chn) 1309 TWatson(US),SGarcia(Spa),(x)MManassero(Ita) 1320 PHanson(Swe),DJohnson(US),LOosthuizen(SA) 1331 VSingh(Fij),BWatson(US),GMcDowell 1342 CVillegas(Col),YIkeda(Jpn),SOHair(US) 1353 AYano(Jpn),LDonald,DClarke 1409 JLeonard(US),RAllenby(Aus),AHansen(Den) 1420 TWoods(US),LWestwood,RIshikawa(Jpn) 1431 RGreen(Aus),CCampbell(US), GFernandez-Castano(Spa) 1442 DHowell,SCink(US),TJaidee(Tha) 1453 RJacquelin(Fra),KDuke(US),MGoggin(Aus) 1504 BBaird(US),MBrown(Nzl),JEdfors(Swe) 1515 DJTrahan(US),PMarksaeng(Tha),MBrier(Aut) 1526 CWood,BWeekley(US), RPampling(Aus) 1537 JAhlers(SA),BMolder(US),RRamsay 1548 BMayfair(US),MCayeux(Zim),LSaltman 1559 RRock,MLaird,BCrane(US) 1610 BGrace(SA),THaylock, BSnedeker(US) 1621 MWright(Aus),DWardrop,PEllebye(Den) 0630 TStewart(Aus),DMcGrane,MKuchar(US) 0641 DHiggins,JKavanagh,DGaunt(Aus) 0652 GBhullar(Ind),RDavies,JDriscoll(US) 0703 AQuiros(Spa),SLyle,SMarino(US) 0714 NFaldo,SKjeldsen(Den),BGay(US) 0725 BCurtis(US),MWeir(Can),RFisher 0736 SAmes(Can),TClark(SA),CHowellIII(US) 0747 EEls(SA),LGlover(US),MKaymer(Ger) 0758JRose,HMahan(US),ARomero(Arg) 0809 CMontgomerie,ZJohnson(US),KJChoi(Kor) 0820 RMcIlroy,AKim(US),RGoosen(SA) 0831 THamilton(US),SHansen(Den),TKondo(Jpn) 0842IPoulter,JB Holmes(US),MAngelJimenez(Spa) 0858 PCasey,RImada(Jpn),ACabrera(Arg) 0909 PHarrington,JFuryk(US),GOgilvy(Aus) 0920 PLawrie,DLoveIII(US),SAppleby(Aus) 0931 PMcGinley,CPettersson(Swe),JDaly(US) 0942 (x)SGross(Ger),DToms(US),TLehman(US) 0953 JKingston(SA),CHoffman(US),FJacobson(Swe) 1004 PGoydos(US),FMolinari(Ita),RSterne(SA) 1015 TLevet(Fra),RSJohnson(Swe),KSutherland(US) 1026TAiken(SA),PHedblom(Swe),PBaker 1037 FAnderssonHed(Swe),JGeary(Nzl),DDrysdale 1048 KKuboya(Jpn),BVaughan(US),ESaltman 1059 TWood(Aus),DSmail(Nzl),OFisher 1110 TPilkadaris(Aus),SSurry,KOda(Jpn) Familiar sight: Britains Mark Cavendish celebrates his fourth stage win MARK CAVENDISH has denied accusations he is racist and anti-French. The claims came in yesterday mornings LEquipe newspaper, which quoted an unnamed rider saying he had insulted French rivals, and tainted the Manxmans fourth stage win of this years Tour de France. The 24-year-old said: Someone showed me the article and I had to laugh. Its a small article by an anonymous writer and with comments from an anonymous rider. Ive got to take it as a compliment if theyve got nothing else to write about. They cant criticise my cycling, so they start this. I love to come here and race. For sure Im going to have a go at some lad -- because Im like that. But their nationality, and what they look like or where they come from is irrelevant. Cavendish regained the green jersey and equalled the British record of eight stage wins with victory in stage 11 of the Tour yesterday. It was a familiar sight at the end of the the 192-kilometre route from Vatan to Saint-Fargeau yesterday, as Team Columbia-HTC set up Cavendish perfectly for a sprint to the line. Its great, he added. It was a hard finish as it was uphill. But we knew what we had to do. We knew we had to lead it out, keep it late, leave it to 150. So it shows just how great them lads are, just how much they can co-operate and adapt to different situations. We knew we had to leave it Hip, hip hooray BY HARRY LANE TV: Today, BBC2, from 9am; tomorrow, BBC2, from 9am; Saturday, BBC1, 10am-5.15pm, BBC2, 5.15pm- 7.30pm; Sunday, BBC2 11am-12.45pm 10am-5.15pm, BBC1, 12.45pm-6.30pm. Radio: BBC Five Live. BY GEOFF TEATHER Cavendish denies racism claims OVERALL STANDINGS AfterStage11 1.RinaldoNocentini(Ita)AG2RLaMondiale 2.AlbertoContadorVelasco(Spa)Astana 3.LanceArmstrong(USA)Astana 4.LeviLeipheimer(USA)Astana 5.BradleyWiggins(Gbr)Garmin 6.AndreasKloden(Ger)Astana 7.TonyMartin(Ger)TeamColumbia 8.ChristianVandeVelde(USA)Garmin 9.AndySchleck(Lux)TeamSaxoBank 10.VincenzoNibali(Ita)Liquigas 65.DavidMillar(Gbr)Garmin 81.CharlesWegelius(Gbr)Silence-Lotto 134.MarkCavendish(Gbr)TeamColumbia Live on British Eurosport WATS TO KNOW? 59 years ago Tom Watson was born in Kansas City, Missouri 32 years since he won Duel in the Sun Open against Jack Nicklaus at Turnberry 9 months since hip replacement 5 the number of British Open titles he has won index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html