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Wish You Were Here
Michael Bamberger
April 23, 2001
In a fanciful letter, Tradition winner Doug Tewell tell Tom Watson what he missed by skipping the Senior tour's first major of the season
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April 23, 2001

Wish You Were Here

In a fanciful letter, Tradition winner Doug Tewell tell Tom Watson what he missed by skipping the Senior tour's first major of the season

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Man, this week I felt like you, 1980 version. Didn't have a three-putt. Gosh, I darn near made everything I looked at. Shot 67 on Friday and 70 on Saturday, so after three rounds I'm leading at 13 under, two ahead of McCullough and Nelson. I shanked a bunker shot on 18 on Saturday, and all night I'm wondering if that's going to rattle me come Sunday. Carefree, Arizona—yeah, right.

I don't watch much golf on TV, but I watched Tiger win the Masters and was really impressed by his intensity, the way he is so committed to every shot he plays. I thought about that for the last round. Even thought about wearing a red shirt.

So we went out on Sunday, McCullough, Nelson and me. Pretty good gallery, considering the fans have to ride a bus for more than 20 miles from the parking areas to the course. Curtis and Judy Rankin and Mike Tirico—the gang from ABC—were there. It felt like a pretty big deal, at least to me. It felt like a major.

I won't bore you with all the details, but I made a birdie on number 1 and never looked back. I went out in 33. Came home in 29. Little 62.I know what you're thinking. The course was not easy. Yes, I shot 23 under. But McCullough was next, at 14. Now I have two Senior majors.

You going to try to qualify for the U.S. Open? I like Southern Hills and I'm from Oklahoma so I think I'll try. I understand your hankering. You want to see how your golf measures up against the best players in the game, not a bunch of 50-plus windbags. I just don't think the week of one of our majors is the week to do it.

Hey, how'd you make out at Hilton Head? I looked for your name in the agate type in the Saturday paper, but didn't see it. That cut business is brutal, in my opinion. I'm guessing you love it.
Best wishes,
Doug Tewell

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