Tom Watson

Professional Golfer
Born Sep 4, 1949

Thomas Sturges Watson is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and now plays mostly on the Champions Tour. In the 1970s and 1980s, Watson was one of the leading players in the world, winning eight major championships and heading the PGA Tour money list five times. He was the number one player in the world according to McCormack's World Golf Rankings from 1978 until 1982; in both 1983 and 1984, he was ranked second behind Seve Ballesteros.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Tom Watson.


1949 Birth Born on September 4, 1949.


1967 17 Years Old Watson won four Missouri State Amateur championships, 1967, 1968, 1970 and 1971.


1971 - 1975 8 More Events
Several of Watson's major victories came at the expense of Jack Nicklaus, the man he replaced as number one, most notably the 1977 Masters, 1977 Open Championship, and the 1982 U.S. Open. … Read More
1978 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1978, as defending Masters champion, Watson needed a par on the 18th hole of his final round to tie over 72 holes with Gary Player, who had shot a record-tying final round of 64. … Read More
In 1979, Watson had a further five PGA Tour victories that year, including a five-shot victory in the Sea Pines Heritage Classic, which he won with a then tournament record 14-under par 270.


Watson had an outstanding year in 1980. … Read More
1981 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1981, Watson won his second Masters title at Augusta by two strokes over Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller.
The U.S. Open was the major that Watson most wanted to win. In 1982 at Pebble Beach, he was able to realize his dream after an engaging duel with Jack Nicklaus in one of the most memorable major championships of all time. … Read More
1983 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1983, as defending U.S. Open champion at Oakmont, Watson shared the 54-hole lead with Seve Ballesteros. … Read More
In 1984, Watson finished runner-up for the third time at the Masters, finishing two strokes behind the champion Ben Crenshaw.
1985 35 Years Old As a result of a decline in form, Watson missed out on a place in the 1985 U.S. Ryder Cup team.
1986 36 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He also spent 32 weeks in the top 10 of the successor Sony Rankings in their debut in 1986.


1991 41 Years Old At the 1991 Masters Tournament, Watson stood on the 18th tee in the final round at Augusta with a share of the lead but had a double-bogey 6 to finish in a tie for 3rd place, two strokes behind the champion Ian Woosnam. … Read More
1994 44 Years Old In 1994, when The Open Championship returned to Turnberry, the site of his 1977 victory, Watson commented, "Sometimes you lose your desire through the years. … Read More
1996 46 Years Old He finished tied for 11th at the Open Championship that year, but he had a revival in the late 1990s, winning the 1996 Memorial Tournament and gaining the last of his 39 wins on the PGA Tour at the 1998 MasterCard Colonial when he was 48 years old.
1999 49 Years Old Watson joined the Champions Tour in 1999, the same year he earned an honorary membership of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in Scotland.


2003 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 2003 U.S. Open, at age 53, he shared the opening-round lead by shooting a 65 with his long-time caddy Bruce Edwards carrying his clubs and giving advice. … Read More
2005 55 Years Old Watson was one of two players to play with Jack Nicklaus in the final two rounds of golf in Nicklaus' career, which ended at the 2005 Open Championship on the Old Course at St Andrews. … Read More
Watson is now also notable for defying age: at nearly 60 years of age, and 26 years after his last major championship victory, he led after the second and third rounds of the 2009 Open Championship, but eventually lost in a four-hole playoff. … Read More


The following April, Watson competed in the 2010 Masters Tournament.
2011 - 2014 3 More Events
2015 65 Years Old For the 2015 Open Championship, Watson's exemption for his 2009 finish was extended to give him an opportunity to play at St. Andrews and make one final Open appearance. … Read More
2016 66 Years Old In April 2016, he played in his final Masters.
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