Rank 'Em: Feats of Sporting Old Age

Created: July 19, 2009, 12:24 PM

Where does Watson's feat rank?

Tom Watson fell short in a playoff, but did he pull off one of the all-time feats of sporting old age?

When Watson won his first major at the Open Championship in 1975, Tiger Woods had yet to enter the world. With Woods surprisingly out of the picture again this weekend at the Open Championship at Turnberry in Scotland, Watson again had the golfing spotlight all to himself.

At 59, Watson finished second but nearly bettered by more than a decade the standing record for the oldest major champion. How does it stand up against winning the Daytona 500 at 50 or becoming heavyweight champion at 45? Rank 10 of the all-time best age-defying feats.


 
 
  • Tom Watson loses Open Championship four-hole playoff at 59 years old.
  • Bill Shoemaker wins Kentucky Derby at 54 years old.
  • Gordie Howe plays 80 games and scores 41 points for Whalers at 51 years old (majority of season).
  • Bobby Allison wins Daytona 500 at 50 years old.
  • Al Unser wins Indianapolis 500 at 47 years old, days shy of 48th birthday.
  • George Foreman wins heavyweight title at 45 years old.
  • Warren Spahn wins 23 games for Braves at 42 years old.
  • Dara Torres wins three Olympic swimming medals at 41 years old.
  • Barry Bonds wins NL MVP and NL batting crown at 39 years old.
  • John Elway wins second of back-to-back titles and wins Super Bowl MVP at 38 years old.