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Tom Watson    

Professional Golfer

Tom Watson 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 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.

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, which would put him in an elite group of golfing "career grand slam" winners. In all, Watson's eight majors ranks sixth on the list of total major championship victories.

Watson is also regarded as one of the greatest links players of all time, a claim backed up by his five Open Championship victories; as well as his 2nd-place finish in the 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.

Through Tom Watson Design, Watson has produced over a dozen courses in the U.S. and abroad with a lot of hands on supervision. Watson’s first U.S. solo-designed project, Cassique (Kiawah Island, South Carolina) was named in the top 10 list of America’s Best New Private Courses by Golf Digest in 2001.


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Staying on Course: Strategies and Lessons Learned from a Life in Golf

World-renowned golfer Tom Watson shows us how his lifetime competitive experiences can be used to motivate any business or organization toward achieving success. In this inspiring presentation, Watson uses his on- and off-course experiences to encourage audiences to face their own challenges with determination and positive thinking. Showing that true champions must learn how to win through hard work, consistency in actions and choosing to be fearless in the face of adversity, Watson leaves audiences with strategies for attaining goals in both their personal and professional lives.

A Conversation with Tom Watson

Legendary sportsman Tom Watson leads an extraordinary career that has positioned him among the very best in the game of golf. From his early career as the chief rival of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer to the recent spellbinding play which almost won him the British Open over 40 years after he started golfing, Watson enlightens audiences on the triumphs, challenges and lessons learned from his years on the links. In this up-close-and-personal format, Watson takes audiences’ questions on what it has been like to compete among the game’s very best and inspires with his message of overcoming the myriad of hazards both on and off the golf course in order to succeed at the highest level.


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The universal admiration for Tom Watson was evident at the U.S. Senior Open this week, from those seeking his autographs to his peers. "I think that the players  ...

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