When Tom Watson left his rented home in Monifieth on the morning of the 13 July 1975, he was preparing for the biggest day of his career to date.
The 25-year-old Watson had just holed a putt the evening before to force an 18-hole playoff with Australian Jack Newton around the famed Carnoustie links in the 104th Open Championship.
The moment he left to go to the course however on the morning of the playoff, was a moment that perhaps gave Watson a boost for years to come.
“We stayed in Monifieth,” Watson said, speaking on The Open Podcasts earlier this year. “We rented a cottage there in a cul-de-sac going up the hill, and I just remember one particular wonderful moment before the playoff.
“I came out the door, and this little 8-year-old lass was standing there. She had freckles, and she looked at me and said, ‘Mr. Watson, please take this and good luck.’ She handed me a tin of aluminium foil, and in it was a sprig of heather.
“The thing I remember most about it was she was barefoot, and it was a chilly day.”
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