AUGUSTA, GEORGIA | In Scotland, where Tom Watson is revered as a national hero, he is known simply as “Toom,” the winner of five Open Championships, and very nearly a sixth at age 59 until he lost a playoff to Stewart Cink at Turnberry in 2009. At Augusta National last week, he was one of two Watsons in the 2016 Masters field, though easily distinguished from another guy named Bubba.
It’s called class, as opposed to crass, a reputation not-so-good-old-boy Bubba has developed over the years for a wide variety of reasons. And spare us all the (ital) 60 Minutes (end ital) psycho-babble.
But now, back to class, Tom Watson-style.
The 66-year-old two-time green-jacketed champion played in his 43rd and final Masters last week, a decision he made last summer when he also bowed out of competing at the Open Championship in St. Andrews, one of his favorite venues in the world.
Though he nearly became the oldest major champion in golf history back in 2009, another seven years of wear and tear on body and mind convinced him it was time to stop trying to play with all those peach-fuzzed twentysomething prodigies, so many of them musclebound…..READ FULL ARTICLE