Lou Gehrig's Disease - Motor Neuron Disease - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Thought it had been cured by now? Still no known cause. Still no cure. Still quickly fatal. Still outrageous.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Here Is An ALS Advocate In Argyle

Tom Watson gets it when it comes to ALS.
From the New York Times, July 16, 2009...

So it was a blast of nostalgia when Watson, grinning from ear to ear, shot a dazzling 65 in the first round Thursday. Miguel Ángel Jiménez rolled in a long birdie putt on 18 to snatch the lead from Watson with a 64 later Thursday afternoon, but the day still belonged to Watson.
At 59, Watson seemed to turn back time, for one lovely day in Scotland anyway. “The body’s a little bit old, but the enthusiasm out there was very similar,” he said, still grinning after his round. “What a wonderful day to play.”

Watson’s lead held up through much of the afternoon. He was tied by Ben Curtis and Jiménez at minus-5 before Jiménez went ahead with a 66-foot putt on 18 for birdie. Turnberry counts on a usually relentless Scottish wind to give it snarl, but a windless day made it an easy target for players to shoot under par. The low scores were piling up, and a group of six golfers sat one shot behind the leaders at four under, including Fredrik Jacobson, Steve Stricker and
Stewart Cink. Watson strode around the links course as one of golf’s genial elder statesmen, a revered figure who joins the PGA Tour players only twice a year now, for the Masters and the British Open. He has, however, made waves at a major championship in his advancing years, shooting a 65 in the first round of the 2003 United States Open. He became the inspirational story of that tournament, mostly because his caddie, Bruce Edwards, was carrying his bag while battling A.L.S. Edwards died a year later.

If you've never seen Tom and Bruce, here's a trip down memory lane... and the age of this video should be a reminder to us all that ALS is still doing its evil to tens of thousands of good people.

1 comment:

  1. Yessss!!! Tom Watson tied for the lead at the end of round 2.