Watson starts early at Australian Open

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 08, 2012
Tom Watson found himself in an unusual position Sunday at a national championship - completing his final round well before the leaders teed off at the Australian Open. The 63-year-old American and eight-time major champion shot a 3-under 69 in the second group at The Lakes. His early start - 6:56 a.m. - came courtesy of a 78 Saturday, his second of the week. He finished the tournament at 5-over 293 in calm morning conditions, quite a difference from his last performance at the Australian Open in 1984 when he won at Royal Melbourne. Watson said ''today I was a little bit more rested and I played half-decent golf.'' Third-round leader John Senden started the final round at 7-under 209, two strokes ahead of Englishman Justin Rose.
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