That Tom Watson - he knows a bit about golf.
Bunker M was at one of those corporate champagne brunches on Tuesday featuring the five-time Open champion when he was asked whether the older generation have more of a chance on Links courses.
"Links courses are great equalisers," mused Watson.
"You don't have to pound the ball or hit the ball particularly long although they have added length to many of the holes here.
"I don't see why it's not feasible for a 50-something to win this week."
And so it transpired as first a 51-year-old topped the leaderboard, followed by a mere whippersnapper of a 40-year-old with a 47-year-old hot on his heels.
Mark Calcavecchia, Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez underlined that it is as much brain as brawn which is required on a windy day on the Kent coast.
After 2003, this was Bjorn's redemption.
In golfing terms it was like Stuart Pearce's penalty against Spain in 1996 after his Italia 90 miss or Jana Novotna finally winning Wimbledon on Centre Court after her meltdown against Steffi Graf in 1993.
Of course Bjorn was three strokes ahead with four holes to play in the 2003 Open before a calamitous bogey/double-bogey/bogey run effectively handed the Claret Jug trophy to American Ben Curtis.
His main blunder came at the 16th where he needed three attempts to get out of a greenside bunker.
Today at the same hole he put his tee shot to 10 feet and rolled in the uphill putt.
Bjorn said: "I thought I'd left it short on 16, but it just crept over the bunker - I realised then that it was my day."
It certainly was, and the Dane will go into day two as the joint leader of the 140th edition of the oldest Major championship.
After around 11 hours unchallenged at the top of the leaderboard, a young 20-year-old amateur called Tom Lewis, named after Tom Watson and playing with the great man, produced some fabulous putting to match Bjorn's 65.
Whilst the other teenage stars floundered - Rio Ishikawa (74) and Matteo Manassero (73) - Lewis, who shot 63-65 at Rye to qualify and won the 2009 Boys Amateur Championship on this very track, underlined the horses for courses nature of Links golf.
Of course preparation is everything in golf but so is a relaxed state of mind and the leaderboard is peppered with guys who didn't even know they would be playing this week.
Bjorn was the original sixth reserve and only got the call when Fiji's Vijay Singh pulled out on Monday.
One of his playing partners Simon Dyson was also the recipient of a late ticket to the Open following the withdrawal of American David Toms and was in the clubhouse on 68.
Kyle Stanley only earned his Open place last Sunday at the John Deere Classic and was also on -2, as was Ricky Barnes who was the eighth reserve a little over a week ago.
A relaxed state of mind no doubt shared by Jimenez - who admitted having a glass or two of Rioja last night - and Calcavecchia who was seen outside a local pub at 8:30pm last night despite a 6:42am tee-time.
OLD BOYS STAT: The oldest player to win a Major was Julius Boros, who was 48 when he lifted the US PGA in 1968. Jack Nicklaus won the Masters at 46 in 1986 while the oldest Open winner was Old Tom Morris, also 46, in 1867. The oldest Open champion of the modern era was Roberto Di Vicenzo, who was 44 in 1967.
ACE: Dustin Johnson's hole-in-one at the 163-yard, par-three 16th was the 22nd hole-in-one at The Open in the last 30 years and the fourth at Royal St. George in that period.
ANDY POWELL DRIVING AWARD: Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts was forced to withdraw today after he crashed a rented scooter into a kerb in Sandwich on Monday.
WHAT IF: Brendan Jones and Scott Verplank, who took themselves off the reserves list, will be left to wonder why they pulled out, allowing the likes of Bjorn to get in the tournament following the withdrawals of Tiger Woods, Thomas Levet, Tim Clark, Toms and Singh.
SACK THE BAGGAGE GUY: Mark O'Meara was one veteran who didn't have a great day, his 76 not helped by the non-arrival of his clubs in the UK on Monday.
FASHION FAUX PAS: You decide - Tadahiro Takayama wearing the same colour that National Rail use to paint signs in tunnels or Ricky Fowler wearing the overalls that National Rail workers use to paint signs in tunnels.