The 2009 British Open was 138th time the tournament was played. Stewart Cink won it in a playoff over 59-year-old Tom Watson.
Winner: Stewart Cink, 278
Where it was played: Turnberry (Ailsa Course), Ayrshire, Scotland
Tournament dates: July 16-19, 2009
Leader after first round: Miguel Angel Jimenez, 64
Leader after second round: Steve Marino and Tom Watson, 135
Leader after third round: Tom Watson, 206
Notable Notes: In 1977, Tom Watson won a famous duel at Turnberry over Jack Nicklaus in a British Open. Thirty-two years later Watson, now 59, surely couldn't do it again, right? For 71 holes, it looked as if Watson might. Against all odds, he held the third-round lead, and after a birdie on the 17th hole of the final round led by one. The 5-time Open champion needed a par on the last to win.
But Watson overshot the green, putted back on, then badly missed the par putt, dropping into a tie with Stewart Cink. In the 4-hole aggregate playoff, Watson appeared physically and emotionally spent, and it was no contest. Cink was a first-time major winner.