During the 1970s and 80s Tom Watson was one of the leading golfers in the world and he doesn’t play a bad game these days either. Pushing sixty and 26 years after his last major victory Tom led much of the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry in Scotland but eventually lost in a four hole playoff to Stewart Clink.
I remember watching the last day glued to the TV, hoping he would win. He had a chance in regulation play with a par on the last hole, but missed an eight foot putt.
He is regarded as one of the greatest links players of all time, winning five Open Championships and three Senior British Open Championship titles. He’s also won the Masters twice and the US Open. In fact he was number on from 1978-1982, replacing Jack Nicklaus.
Tom was back in Britain this year playing both Open Championships, so I quickly did a sketch for signing and sent it to him at Royal Porthcrawl in Wales where he played the senior championship last week. He didn’t disappoint. What a nice guy.