|Full Name||Thomas Sturges Watson|
|Profession (s)||Golf Player|
|Date of Birth||September 4, 1949|
|Day of Birth||Sunday|
|Place Of Birth||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Spouse||Hilary Watson (m. 1999)
|Tom Watson’s Income / Salary:
|Total worth||$25 Million|
Lesser known facts about Tom Watson
- Tom Watson was born in born in Kansas City in Missouri. He was first introduced to golf by his Father, Ray. In his initial years, he was coached by Stan Thirsk at the Kansas City Country Club.
- He got his first feat in golf when he won for his high school team at The Pembroke-Country Day School in Kansas City.
- He also bagged four Missouri State Amateur championships, 1967, 1968, 1970, and 1971.
- He played for golf and table tennis teams while he was at Stanford University, playing and graduated with a degree in psychology in 1971.
PGA Tour and wins
- After a very naive tryst with golf, Watson joined the PGA Tour in 1971.
- He hired Bruce Edwards to be his caddie for the first time at the 1973 St. Louis tournament held at Norwood Hills Country Club. Eventually, Edwards caddied for Watson at most events after that for a period of many years.
- His first major championship was at the U.S. Open in 1974 at Winged Foot. He fared badly in the final round after having the 54-hole lead.
- Two weeks after the defeat at the at Winged Foot collapse in 1974, he won his first Tour title at the Western Open near Chicago.
- Under the guidance of Byron Nelson, Watson worked on his swing mechanics and course management and determined hard work as a result of which Watson’s game advanced quickly.
- Watson won his first major championship, the 1975 Open Championship, on his first appearance in the event in Britain.
- He holed a 20-foot putt for a birdie on the 72nd hole to tie Jack Newton. The following day Watson won an 18-hole playoff at Carnoustie by a stroke, carding a 71 to Newton’s 72.
- He is one of the only four players since World War II to have won the Open Championship on their debut.
- Tom Watson was the best golfer at a time when both Jack Nicklaus’ peak and Tiger Woods were basking in the glory of their success.
- Watson and Nicklaus had a duel in 1977 during the British Open when Nicklaus shot 66-66 over the final two rounds and Watson shot 66-65 to win by one.
- Watson defeated Nicklaus in another significant match the 1982 U.S. Open with his famous chip-in on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach.
- He also won the Byron Nelson Classic at the British Open Title in 1975.
- He has the feat of winning the British Open as many as five times. He won the Master two times and the U.S. Open once.
- He led the PGA Tour in wins six years, in money five years, in scoring three years. He was PGA Tour Player of the Year six times.
- He was loved and appreciated for being an aggressive putter and fabulous chipper.
- His last PGA Tour victory happened in 1998. In 1999, he began playing on the Champions Tour.
- Tom Watson was named as the Player of the Year in 2003.
- In 2007, Watson won his third British Senior Open.
- In 2009, Watson who was 60 years old held a lead in the British Open after the second and third rounds and nearly all of the final round. He reached the 72nd-hole tee with a 1-stroke lead, but then lost to Stewart Cink in a four-hole playoff.
- Tom Watson was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988.
Tom Watson Quotes
- “Sometimes thinking too much can destroy your momentum.”
- “Confidence in golf means being able to concentrate on the problem at hand with no outside interference.”
- “I never hesitated to promote someone I didn’t like. The comfortable assistant – the nice guy you like to go on fishing trips with – is a great pitfall. Instead, I looked for those sharp, scratchy, harsh, almost unpleasant guys who see and tell you about things as they really are. If you can get enough of them around you, and have patience enough to hear them out, there is no limit to where you can go.”
- “There is no surer or more painful way to learn a rule than to be penalized once for breaking it.”
- “I learned how to win by losing and not liking it.”
- “No other game combines the wonder of nature with the discipline of sport in such carefully planned ways. A great golf course both frees and challenges a golfer’s mind.”
- “A lot of guys who have never choked, have never been in the position to do so.”
- “Sometimes you have to lose major championships before you can win them. It’s the price you pay for maturing. The more times you can put yourself in pressure situations, the more times you compete, the better off you are.”
- “If a course needs to be in great condition to be played effectively, then the design strategy is flawed.”
- “The person I fear most in the last two rounds is myself.”
- “My golf swing is a bit like ironing a shirt. You get one side smoothed out, turn it over and there is a big wrinkle on the other side. Then you iron that one out, turn it over and there is yet another wrinkle.”
- “Golf will grow so long as it’s fun.”
- “This game is so elusive. You try to maintain the peaks and level up the valleys.”
- “I’d rather fight 100 structure fires than a wildfire. With a structure fire, you know where your flames are, but in the woods, it can move anywhere; it can come right up behind you.”
- “All the problems of the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think.”
- “Muirfield without wind is like a lady undressed. No challenge.”
- “Having played the Old Course many times since my first visit in 1981, I am now of the opinion it is one of the best and most beautiful tests of links golf anywhere in the world.”
- “After playing Ballybunion for the first time, a man would think that the game of golf originated here.”
- “If you have an ego of any sort, this course [Augusta] will take it and shove it down your throat.”
- “Ballybunion is the course on which many golf architects should live and play on before they build golf courses.”
- “Some guys have trouble sleeping the night before an important round. I never have. Invariably, I sleep longer and better, and have more dreams, when I’m in contention and feeling pressure.”
- “I have a special feeling for Blue Hills CC, where I won perhaps the most important tournament of my life when I was 14 – the Kansas City Match Play Championship. It gave me a dream of becoming a professional golfer.”
- “When I left Bruce here last year, he was crying in the parking lot. He thought that was going to be his last Masters. Of course, it was. The last time he caddied for me was at the UBS Warburg Cup on Sea Island last fall. On Sunday, we went to the bar and had a beer together, knowing that might have been the last time, too, which it was.”
- “I’d like to shoot 59 before I’m 59. I’ve shot 60. I’d like to win the PGA, but I think that chance has passed. I’d like to hit a perfect shot each time I swing a club.”
- “I got it going pretty good today and overall the week was pretty good. Now I’m going home and rest.”
Awards and Honours
PGA Tour Victories (34)
- 1974 Western Open
- 1975 Byron Nelson Golf Classic
- 1977 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational, Masters Tournament, Western Open
- 1978 Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open, Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, Byron Nelson Golf Classic, Colgate Hall of Fame Classic, Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic
- 1979 Sea Pines Heritage Classic, MONY Tournament of Champions, Byron Nelson Golf Classic, Memorial Tournament, Colgate Hall of Fame Classic
- 1980 Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational, Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open, MONY Tournament of Champions, Greater New Orleans Open, Byron Nelson Golf Classic, World Series of Golf
- 1981 Masters Tournament, USF&G New Orleans Open, Atlanta Classic
- 1982 Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open, Sea Pines Heritage, U.S. Open Championship
- 1984 Seiko-Tucson Match Play Championship, MONY Tournament of Champions, Western Open
- 1987 Nabisco Championship
- 1996 Memorial Tournament
- 1998 MasterCard Colonial
PGA Tour Championship Victories (14)
- 1999 Bank One Championship
- 2000 IR SENIOR TOUR Championship
- 2001 Senior PGA Championship
- 2002 SENIOR TOUR Championship at Gaillardia
- 2003 The Senior Open Championship, JELD-WEN Tradition
- 2005 The Senior Open Championship, Charles Schwab Cup Championship
- 2007 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, The Senior Open Championship presented by Aberdeen Asset Mngt.
- 2008 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
- 2010 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai
- 2011 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid
International Victories (4)
- 1980 Dunlop Phoenix, Japan
- 1984 Australian Open, Australia
- 1992 Hong Kong Open, Asia
- 1997 Dunlop Phoenix, Japan
Additional Victories (11)
- 1994 Skins Game
- 1999 Wendy’s Three-Tour Challenge with Jack Nicklaus and Hale Irwin
- 1999 Diner’s Club Matches with Jack Nicklaus
- 2000 Hyundai Team Matches with Jack Nicklaus
- 2004 Wendy’s Champions Skins Game
- 2005 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Raphael Division with Andy North
- 2006 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Raphael Division with Andy North
- 2007 Wendy’s Champions Skins Game with Jack Nicklaus
- 2007 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Raphael Division with Andy North
- 2010 Wendy’s Champions Skins Game with Jack Nicklaus
- 2011 Ka’anapali Champions Skins Game with Jack Nicklaus
- Tom Watson was named as the PGA Player of the Year as many as six times in the years 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982 and 1984. He is surpassed only by Tiger Woods, who has the feat of being named as Player of the Year 11 times.
- He has won the Vardon Trophy for having the lowest scoring average for three consecutive years of 1977, 1978, and 1979.
- He also played for Ryder Cup teams in the year1977, 1981, 1983, and 1989. He was the skipper of the victorious 1993 team along with the 2014 team.
- He was voted for the prestigious Bob Jones Award in 1987 which is the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association to celebrate the distinguished sportsmanship in golf.
- Tom Watson was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988.
- He was also inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame.
- He won the GCSAA Old Tom Morris Award in 1992.
- He was involved in golf course design in the early 1990s.
- He authored and co-authored several books such as Tom Watson’s Strategic Golf and Timeless Swing.
- The Golf Digest Magazine ranked him as the 10th greatest golfer of all times in the year of 2000.
- He was granted the lifetime membership of the European Tour.
- He is the second Golf Professional Emeritus at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs beaten only by Sam Snead.
- At 68, he became the oldest player ever to win the Masters Tournament Par-3 contest.
- He is the oldest player to hold the lead after 54 holes at a major championship in 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry, Scotland.