If there's one thing we've learned through the years at Augusta National, it's that it pays to have experience.
Jack Nicklaus won at age 46 in 1986 and had another run for a bit in 1998. Fred Couples still gets his name on the first page of the leaderboard almost annually 20+ years removed from his 1992 win.
And on Thursday, Tom Watson -- now 65 and a two-time Masters champ -- proved once again that experience, patience and wisdom are intangibles at Augusta National.
Watson, who last made the Masters cut in 2010 when he finished T18, fired a fantastic 1-under 71 in the opening round of the 2015 Masters.
His 1-under 35 on the back nine was helped by this special birdie on the par-3 16th:
Along with his two wins, Watson has 13 other top-10 finishes in the Masters.
Let's see what the rest of the week brings for the two-time U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain.