Marco Dawson has followed a long and winding road in his professional golf career that began in 1986 and includes stints on the PGA, Web.com, and Champions Tour. Until he joined the Champions Tour last year he had only one Web.com tour win in over 30 years and 574 professional starts.
Dawson’s mug bears resemblance to nefarious Walter White from Breaking Bad
But to his own admission he played most of those years doubting his ability and a bit afraid to succeed. He changed his attitude when he started walking among the apostles on the Champions Tour and has found a new comfort zone and some real success. In the last year and a half he has won once in 30 starts and earned himself over $1.5 million and the respect of his aging peers.
As was the case at St. Andrews inclement weather was a major factor
It all came to a climax Sunday in face-to-face-to-face duel with two of the stalwarts of the Apostle Tour Bernard Langer and Colin Montgomerie in the weather delayed final round of the British Senior Open at Sunningdale in England.
Week after week Bernard is always in the frayEmbed from Getty Images
In the wind and the rain all Marco did was match 64’s in the final round with Langer, including a back nine 31 to shoot an 18-under par score and win the first major championship of his career.
Monty was fighting the elements as well as his opponentsEmbed from Getty Images
Mrs. Doubtfire seemed in control of the affair until he semi-bladed an approach from a fairway bunker on 11 that led to a bogey and a two-shot swing when both Langer and Dawson birdied the short par 4. Dawson birdied the tough 12th and made an eagle on 14 to take command of the tournament for good. A steady string of pars kept Langer at bay and Dawson buried a 30-footer on the last for an exclamation point birdie to seal the victory.
Steely determination on the final putt put all doubt to restEmbed from Getty Images
$500,000 and a handsome silver claret jug makes Marco a happy camperEmbed from Getty Images
There are so many stories each week in professional golf but rarely does one play out where a true journeyman pro who has persisted through the ups and downs of a long and difficult career path find all the bounces go their way for one week in a major championship. Dawson is respected by his peers as one of the truly good guys out there and it looks like the breaks finally fell on the good side of the ledger for this affable and gentile pro.