TOM WATSON is not ruling [...].
"I feel like I can play St Andrews," he said when asked to look ahead to what in all probability will be his 33rd and last appearance in the championship.
"I still have some of the shots to be able to play that golf course.
"But it depends on the wind. If the wind comes from the west I have a hard time - hole number four gets me. I can't hit it far enough to get it over the junk.
"And it depends on how deep the rough is. I'm driving into it all the time, so we'll just have to see."
Winning at Turnberry this weekend would, of course, have been wonderful, but while the hurt of bogeying the final hole and then falling to pieces in the play-off with fellow American Stewart Cink will go with him into this week's British Senior Open at Sunningdale, Watson has no trouble seeing the bigger picture.
"When all is said and done, one of the things I hope will come out of my life is that my peers will say 'You know, that Watson, he was a helluva player'."
There was absolutely no doubt about that even before last week.