Tom Watson – Profile

Tom Watson

Full Name: Thomas Sturges Watson

Born: September 4th, 1949

Place of Birth: Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.

Sporting Nationality: United States 🇺🇸

Who is Tom Watson?

Tom Watson is an American retired professional golfer and winner of 8 major championships. Of his 8 major wins, 5 of them were at The Open Championship, a tournament that over the years has grown very close to his heart.

Watson had a long and glittering career. Having turned professional in 1971, some 38 years later he lead the Open after three rounds at Turnberry, only to lose to Stewart Cink in a playoff. Arguably his greatest rival was Jack Nicklaus. Watson replaced Nicklaus as World number 1 in 1978 following his Masters and Open Championship victories. A prolific winner, in 1980, Watson was the first golfer to earn $500,000 in a single season.

Tom Watson

Watson was enrolled into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988

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Last Updated on 28/02/2023 by Rob Davies

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Rob is the founder and creator of Stripey Green TV. Having played the game for more than 25 years, he has shared a lot of similar experiences to the readers of SGTV, made plenty of mistakes, and picked up a LOT of hints and tips along the way. It was Rob's desire to share his golf experiences that were the primary reason for starting the SGTV website. He is passionate about helping fellow amateur golfers to NOT make mistakes, whether it be in their play, the equipment they purchase, or the golf that they watch.

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