Tom Watson is arguably the greatest links player of all-time. He won The Open in 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, and 1983. In addition, he lost in a playoff to Stewart Cink at the 2009 Open Championship at the age of 59. He is in the field for this year’s Open, and the R&A has extended a special exemption for Watson to play in the 2015 Open at St. Andrews.
Watson said, “I am very proud and honored to be given this opportunity to play once again in St. Andrews next year. It is a special place for everyone in golf, and I am very much looking forward to playing there again in front of the wonderful Scottish galleries.”
The R&A also presented Watson with a silver Player’s Badge to commemorate his tremendous record at the Open Championship. Photo courtesy of @The_Open:
— The Open (@The_Open) July 1, 2014
Many of the game’s greats have waved goodbye while standing on St. Andrews’ Swilcan Bridge, but Watson has shown few signs of slowing down. He finished T22 at the 2011 Open, and he is frequently in contention on the Champions Tour. It’s a long shot, but a top-10 will give Watson an exemption for the 2016 Open.
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