AUGUSTA, GEORGIA | Tom Watson knows it’s time to step away.
He is playing his final Masters this week with the simple goal of making the cut, something the 66-year-old has done just once since 2002.
Whether it’s Friday afternoon or sometime Sunday, Watson completes his Masters career with two green jackets and a lifetime of memories.
“People ask me what is it going to feel like walking up the 18th hole and I really don’t know,” he said. “Same thing walking up the 18th hole at St. Andrews last year. I really didn’t know.
“Although when I got to the tee last year, I looked at my son and he had tears in his eyes and I said, ‘Son, no tears. Let’s just have some joy going up there, from all the memories that I had playing in the Open Championship.’
“It’s pretty much going to be the same thing for me walking up the 18th hole.”
Watson has reminisced about playing a practice round with his father and Gene Sarazen. He loves the Champions Dinner and he will continue to come back for that and the Wednesday afternoon par-3 event.
Watson said he will miss having The Masters as a target next spring.
“I started six weeks in advance (preparing). I always did that,” Watson said. “The preparation, it’s like preparing to go fishing. You go in your tackle box, you look for some lures that worked in the past. They are all bent out of shape, you straighten it. Preparing for a hunting trip, you do the same thing.
“The preparation now is more fun than actual fishing or hunting, it seems like. Same thing with golf. The preparation is fun. I’m going to miss that, I think, come next March.”