Now honorary starter of the opening ceremony of the Masters since the last edition of the first Major of the season, Tom Watson may not be able to take part next April.
Tom Watson, incident
Tom Watson had surgery last week following a karting accident.
The 73-year-old had to undergo surgery to repair his left shoulder after a crash on his Kansas farm. It seems that the kart of the eight-time Major winner has turned over. It was in New Orleans (Louisiana) that the American was hospitalized and it was from there that he tweeted a photo on his bed on Friday evening.
We see his left arm in a sling but it is difficult to say how long he will be unable to play. Accustomed to the PNC Championship with his son Michael, he will have to skip this nice meeting in December (15-18). Depending on the length of his unavailability, the double winner of the green jacket (1977, 1981) could therefore miss the Thursday morning ceremony of which he is now a part alongside Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
Watson's golf career began in 1971 after graduating from Stanford University with a degree in psychology. His most successful time on the PGA Tour began with the 1974 season and lasted until 1984. From the late 1980s, Watson was unable to maintain his brilliant form due to persistent putting problems.
About 10 years later, however, at the advanced age of 47 and 49 respectively, he won a tournament against consistently much younger competitors. Since 1999 Watson has been allowed to play with the seniors on the Champions Tour and has won five major titles there so far.
His high-class duels with Jack Nicklaus at the Open Championship in 1977 and the US Open in 1982 remain unforgotten. He then won both tournaments at the last moment. A particularly emotional day came at the 2003 US Open when Watson, accompanied by longtime caddie Bruce Edwards, hit a sensational opening round of 65 and everyone knew it would be the end of Edwards, who was terminally ill with ALS.
The Caddy died the following year at the age of 49. On 19 July 2009, nearly 60 years old, Watson was leading by one shot at the Open Championship with one hole to go. However, he missed the winning putt on the final hole and lost in the play-off to fellow countryman Stewart Cink, 24 years his junior. Tom Watson currently resides in Stillwell, Kansas with his wife, 2 children and 3 stepchildren.