Tom Watson Biography
Tom Watson is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour Champions, formerly on the PGA Tour. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was one of the leading players in the world, winning eight major championships and heading the PGA Tour money list five times.
Watson was the number one player in the world. This was 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 also notable for his longevity. He led after the second and third rounds of The Open Championship in 2009 but lost in a four-hole playoff.
Tom Watson Age
He is 73 years old as of 2023 Watson was born on September 4. 1949 in Kansas City, MO. He celebrates his birthday on the 4th of September every year.
Tom Watson Education
He attended The Pembroke Hill School- Ward Parkway Campus and later graduated from Stanford with a degree in psychology.
Tom Watson Height|weight
He stands on an average height of 5 Feet 4 inches and weighs around 70kgs.
Tom Watson Family
He is the son of Ray Watson and Sally Watson. However, he has not revealed information regarding his family members, this information is currently under review and will be updated soon.
Tom Watson Wife
Watson has been married twice. He first married Linda Rubin in 1972and divorced in 1997. later, he married his wife Hilary Watson in 1999. He has not revealed information regarding his wife. This information is currently under review and will be updated soon.
Tom Watson Children
He has two children namely: Michael Watson and Meg Watson(daughter) with his current wife. He has not revealed information regarding his kids. This information is currently under review and will be updated soon.
Tom Watson Career
Watson was introduced to the game by his father Ray. His early coach was Stan Thirsk at the Kansas City Country Club. He first gained local renown while on his high school team at The Pembroke-Country Day School in Kansas City. Watson won four Missouri State Amateur championships, 1967, 1968, 1970, and 1971. He attended Stanford University and played on the golf and table tennis teams. He then joined Alpha Sigma Phi, and graduated with a degree in psychology in 1971. Today he has a home in Overland Park, Kansas, after fighting a prominent legal battle to prevent annexation by the city.
Tom Watson Labour
Watson contended in a major championship for the first time at the U.S. Open in 1974 at Winged Foot, but he faded badly in the final round after having the 54-hole lead.
Following this disappointment, he was approached in the locker room by legendary retired player Byron Nelson, a broadcaster at the event. He who offered encouragement, insight, and assistance. Only two weeks after the Winged Foot collapse in 1974, Watson won his first Tour title at the Western Open near Chicago, coming from six shots back in the final round at Butler National.
He won his second major championship and his first green jacket as Masters champion in 1977 after a duel with Jack Nicklaus. During the final round, Watson stood on the 17th green tied with Nicklaus for the lead. Watson holed a 20-foot putt for a birdie to go one stroke ahead of Nicklaus. Watson’s par on the 18th hole won him the Masters title by two strokes after Nicklaus had a bogey on the 18th. Watson’s 1977 Open Championship victory, at Turnberry in Scotland, was especially memorable and is considered by many to be the finest tournament played in the second half of the 20th century.
Tom Watson playing style
He has been one of the most complete players ever to play golf. This is evidenced by his competitiveness in the 2009 Open Championship at the age of 59.
During his PGA Tour years, he achieved abundant length with accuracy. He played aggressively, developed a superlative short game, and in his prime was a very skilled and confident putter.
Watson is renowned as an exceptional bad-weather golfer. He has displayed this gritty talent best in the difficult and varied conditions of The Open Championship.
At the height of his career, he was well known for his excellent recovery skills, especially around the greens. Years later, if a player escaped from trouble and somehow made par, tour players described the escape as a “Watson par”.
Also, he developed a reputation for scrupulous honesty. He once even called a penalty stroke on himself for slightly moving a ball that was in deep rough, although no one else had seen it. In 1991, he was critical of the heckling of his playing partner Ian Woosnam during the final round of the Masters. Some of the Augusta crowd were vociferous in their support for Watson, in the hope of seeing him win a third Masters title.
Watson Watson IBM
IBM ‘Watson’ Meets Golf Legend Tom Watson In New TV Ads Around The Masters
The 80th Masters’ golf tournament is underway, and with it, IBM IBM +0% expands on its series of television ads for the company’s well-known cognitive computing platform, “Watson”. Given that the artificial intelligence computing system is named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, it made sense to couple the ads with golf legend Tom Watson, who is a winner of the Masters in 1977 and 1981.
In the continuation of the “Watson & Me” ad series, Watson, the computer, analyzes Watson, the golfer’s play in the Masters. In the “Weather” ad, with the computer and golfer sitting in a torrential downpour, Watson says to Tom that he has statistically played better than others in wet conditions. But it is the “Future” ad that is the most poignant as the computer notes that this is the golfing legend’s last Masters. IBM Watson notes that his 1977 master win is significant, to which Tom Watson reflects on his performance in that win.
IBM is doing more than parlaying the common name aspect to simply extend the “Watson & Me” ad series which has seen the likes of Stephen King, Bob Dylan, Ridley Scott, and other luminaries “talk” to the IBM computer, this year marks 20 years of partnering with the Masters on digital technologies designed to enrich golf fans’ enjoyment of the tournament.
Tom Watson Salary/Net Worth
He has an estimated salary ranging between $70,000 – $125,000 and has an estimated net worth of $1 Million -$5 Million which he earns from his golf career.