Date: November 22, 2012

Profile: Tom Watson

Tom Watson

Tom Watson is one of the most enduring professional golfers since the late Sam Snead. In 2009, nearing his 60th birthday, he led the The Open Championship much of the way before losing in a playoff. It was the feel-good sports story of the year, and will be talked about for as long as games are played and reported. That stunning performance led to a revised Open Championship age limit that exempts him for at least five more years at the world s oldest major championship. Watson has won it five times among his eight PGA Tour majors in a career further notable for memorable victories over Jack Nicklaus, golf’s best ever, on the biggest stages. Watson won 39 times on the PGA tour with an aggressive, fast-paced style. Six times he was PGA Player of the Year, five times the leading money winner. Playing mostly on the over-50 Champions Tour now, he has won 13 more times there including five senior majors. Watson was born in 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri, and has stayed, true to the Midwest s solid values. He lives today on a farm outside Kansas City, and can be found doing chores and riding his wife s cutting horses when he’s not on tour (he admits to falling off a horse only twice). Major victories: 1977 Masters Tournament 1981 Masters Tournament 1982 U.S. Open 1975 Open Championship 1977 Open Championship 1980 Open Championship 1982 Open Championship 1983 Open Championship PGA Tour victories: 39 Australian Open victories: 1984 Royal Melbourne Golf Club Bio: Born: 4 September 1949, Kansas City Missouri Resides: Bucyrus, Kansas