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Tom Watson
Watson after winning the 1982 U.S. Open
Personal information
Full name Thomas Sturges Watson
Born September 4, 1949 (1949-09-04) (age 72)
Kansas City, Missouri
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Nationality  United States
Residence Overland Park, Kansas
Hilary Watson
(m. 1999; died 2019)

Linda Rubin
(m. 1972; div. 1997)
Children Meg, Michael, Kyle, Kelly Paige, Ross
College Stanford University
Turned professional 1971
Current tour(s) PGA Tour Champions
(joined 1999)
European Seniors Tour (joined 2011)
Former tour(s) PGA Tour (1972–2014)
European Tour
Professional wins 70
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 39 (Tied 10th all time)
European Tour 8
Japan Golf Tour 4
Asian Tour 1
PGA Tour of Australasia 1
Champions Tour 14
Other 11
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 8)
The Masters Tournament Won: 1977, 1981
U.S. Open Won: 1982
The Open Championship Won: 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983
PGA Championship T2: 1978
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 1988
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984
PGA Player of the Year 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984
Vardon Trophy 1977, 1978, 1979
Bob Jones Award 1987
Old Tom Morris Award 1992
Payne Stewart Award 2003
Charles Schwab Cup 2003, 2005

Thomas Sturges Watson (born September 4, 1949) is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour Champions, formerly on the PGA 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. He also spent 32 weeks in the top 10 of the successor Sony Rankings in their debut in 1986.

Watson is also notable for his longevity: at nearly sixty years of age, and 26 years after his last major championship victory, he led after the second and third rounds of The Open Championship in 2009, but lost in a four-hole playoff. With a chance to win the tournament with par on the 72nd hole, he missed an 8-foot (2.4 m) putt, then lost to Stewart Cink in the playoff.

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. Though his rivalry with Nicklaus was intense, their friendly competitiveness served to increase golf's popularity during the time.

In Watson's illustrious career, his eight major championships include five Open Championships, two Masters titles, and one U.S. Open title. The only major that has eluded him is the PGA Championship; if he had won it would have put him in an elite group of golfing "career grand slam" winners that includes Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods. In all, Watson's eight majors ranks sixth on the list of total major championship victories, behind only Nicklaus, Woods, Walter Hagen, Hogan, and Player.

Watson is also regarded as one of the greatest links players of all time, a claim backed up by his five Open Championship victories, his runner-up finishes at the 1984 Open Championship and 2009 Open Championship, and his three Senior British Open Championship titles in his mid-50s (2003, 2005, and 2007).

Watson played on four Ryder Cup teams and captained the American side to victory in 1993 at The Belfry in England. More than twenty years later, Watson again captained the U.S. Team in 2014 in Scotland, this time in a loss.

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