On Tuesday, the R&A gave Tom Watson an exemption into the 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews. This will allow the five-time champion to finish up his Open career at St. Andrews – as Jack Nicklaus did in 2005 – and also will mark the 40th anniversary of his first Open title in 1975.
Today, we got a look at the solid silver player's badge that the R&A presented Watson to mark the occasion. You can see it below, thanks to Ryan Lauder of TaylorMade (TaylorMade is the parent company of Adams Golf, Watson's equipment sponsor).
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As you might expect from the R&A, the badge is elegant in its simplicity. The five claret jugs represent Watson's five Open victories – Carnoustie in 1975, Turnberry in 1977, Muirfield in 1980, Troon in 1982 and Birkdale in 1983 – in a remarkable nine-year span.
Open champions are eligible to play until they're 60. Watson, 64, earned a five-year exemption for almost winning the 2009 Open at Turnberry, which most of us remember very well. That exemption runs out after this year's event at Royal Liverpool in two weeks.