Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
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Profession: Golfer

United States of America

Why Famous: One of the leading players in the world in the 1970s and 1980s.

Born: September 4, 1949
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Age: 69 years old

Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Virgo

Events in the Life of Tom Watson

  • 1975-07-12 British Open Golf, Carnoustie: American Tom Watson wins 18-hole playoff by 1 stroke over Jack Newton of Australia; first of 8 major titles; first of 5 Open Championships
  • 1977-04-10 41st Masters Golf Tournament: Tom Watson wins, shooting a 276
  • 1977-07-09 British Open Golf, Turnberry: Tom Watson wins second of 5 Open titles by a stroke from Jack Nicklaus; pair play together in final 2 rounds; separate themselves from field under rare clear skies, remembered as the "Duel in the Sun"
  • 1978-08-06 PGA Championship, Oakmont CC: John Mahaffey recovers from 7 down with 14 to play to force playoff; beats Tom Watson & Jerry Pate on 2nd hole
  • 1980-07-20 British Open Golf, Muirfield: Tom Watson wins his 3rd of 5 Open titles, by 4 strokes from fellow American Lee Trevino
  • 1981-04-12 45th Masters Golf Tournament: Tom Watson wins, shooting a 280
  • 1982-06-20 82nd US Golf Open: Tom Watson shoots a 282 at Pebble Beach Golf Links California
  • 1982-07-18 British Open Golf, Royal Troon: American Tom Watson wins his 4th Open Championship, 1 stroke clear of Peter Oosterhuis and Nick Price
  • 1983-06-20 US Open Golf, Oakmont CC: Larry Nelson wins by 1 shot from Tom Watson on a storm affected Monday finish
  • 1983-07-17 British Open Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Defending champion Tom Watson wins his 5th Open Championship, 1 stroke clear of Andy Bean and Hale Irwin; Watson's 2nd consecutive Open win and 3rd in last 4
  • 1983-10-16 25th Ryder Cup Golf, PGA National GC: US wins 14½-13½; Bernard Gallacher's missed 3-foot putt for bogey gives Tom Watson 2 & 1 win and the US winning point
  • 1984-07-22 British Open Golf, St Andrews: Seve Ballesteros of Spain wins his 2nd of 3 Open titles by 2 shots from Bernhard Langer & Tom Watson
  • 2003-07-27 British Open Seniors Golf, Turnberry: American Tom Watson wins in a playoff with Carl Mason of England
  • 2005-07-24 British Open Seniors Golf, Royal Aberdeen: Tom Watson wins his second Open Seniors title in a playoff with Ireland's Des Smyth
  • 2007-07-29 British Open Seniors Golf, Muirfield: Tom Watson wins his 3rd Open Seniors title by 1 shot from Mark O'Meara and Stewart Ginn
  • 2009-07-19 British Open Golf, Turnberry: American Stewart Cink wins his only major championship by 6 strokes in a 4-hole playoff with 5-time champion Tom Watson

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