Tom Watson – Golf Club World.

 

Tom Watson was today named US golf captain for Ryder Cup 2014. The 63-year-old succeeds Davis Love III following Europe’s record-breaking comeback victory in October and will become the oldest captain in Ryder Cup history.

“I was waiting for about 20 years to get the call,” he told NBC.  “It is a great honour to do it again.” Eight-time major champion Watson was the last US captain to record an away win, with a 1993 victory at the Belfry in England. Can he do it again?

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Thomas Sturges Watson (born September 4, 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and now plays mostly on the Champions Tour. His father Ray introduced him to the game. His early coach was Stan Thirsk at the Kansas City Country Club. Watson first gained local renown while on his high school team at The Pembroke-Country Day School in Kansas City. Watson won four straight Missouri State Amateur championships, from 1968–1971. He attended Stanford University, playing on the golf and table tennis teams and graduating with a degree in psychology in 1971.

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 now also notable for defying age: at nearly 60 years of age, and 26 years after his last major championship victory, he led much of the 2009 Open Championship, but eventually lost in a four-hole playoff. With a chance to win the tournament with par on the 72nd hole, he missed an eight-foot putt, before losing the playoff to Stewart Cink.

Watson has been one of the most complete players ever to play golf. He was named PGA Player of the Year 6 times, 1977–1980, 1982 and 1984, and trails only Tiger Woods, who has been named Player of the Year 9 times. He won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average three straight years: 1977, 1978, and 1979. He played on four Ryder Cup teams: 1977, 1981, 1983, and 1989 and captained the victorious 1993 team. He was voted the Bob Jones Award in 1987, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.  He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988. He was also inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. He won 1992 GCSAA Old Tom Morris Award.  Tom Watson is author or co-authored several books, including Tom Watson’s Strategic Golf. His latest, The Timeless Swing, was released by Atria books in March 2011. He has written a golf instruction column in Golf Digest magazine since the mid-1970s. He was ranked as the 10th greatest golfer of all time in the 2000 Golf Digest magazine list and he is, after Sam Snead, only the second Golf Professional Emeritus at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Between his greats we can also count he is the oldest player to hold the lead after 54 holes at a major championship (2009 Open Championship at Turnberry, Scotland) and also he is the oldest player to lead after any completed round at a major championship (2009 Open Championship at Turnberry, Scotland).

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