- Birthplace: Kansas City, MO
- Residence: Bucyrus, KS
- Age: 62
- Turned Pro: 1971
PGA TOUR Victories
1974,Western Open. 1975,Byron Nelson Golf Classic, British Open Championship. 1977,Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational, Masters Tournament, Western Open, British Open Championship. 1978,Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open, Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, Byron Nelson Golf Classic, Colgate Hall of Fame Classic, Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic. 1979,Sea Pines Heritage Classic, MONY Tournament of Champions, Byron Nelson Golf Classic, Memorial Tournament, Colgate Hall of Fame Classic. 1980,Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational, Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open, MONY Tournament of Champions, Greater New Orleans Open, Byron Nelson Golf Classic, British Open Championship, World Series of Golf. 1981,Masters Tournament, USF&G New Orleans Open, Atlanta Classic. 1982,Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open, Sea Pines Heritage, U.S. Open Championship, British Open Championship. 1983,British Open Championship. 1984,Seiko-Tucson Match Play Championship, MONY Tournament of Champions, Western Open. 1987,Nabisco Championship. 1996,Memorial Tournament. 1998,MasterCard Colonial.
(9): 1999 Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge [with Jack Nicklaus and Hale Irwin]. 1999 Diner's Club Matches [with Jack Nicklaus]. 2000 Hyundai Team Matches [with Jack Nicklaus]. 2004 Wendy's Champions Skins Game. 2005 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf [Raphael Division with Andy North]. 2006 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf [Raphael Division with Andy North]. 2007 Wendy's Champions Skins Game (with Jack Nicklaus), Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf [Raphael Division with Andy North]. 2010 Wendy's Champions Skins Game (with Jack Nicklaus).
(5): 1980 Dunlop Phoenix. 1984 Australian Open. 1992 Hong Kong Open. 1994 Skins Game. 1997 Dunlop Phoenix.
2010 PGA TOUR Money and Position
2010 Champions Tour Best Finishes
*Wendy's Champions Skins Game. 1--
Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. T5--
Toshiba Classic. T8--
Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.
PGA TOUR Best Round
67 at Round 1, Masters Tournament.
PGA TOUR Highlights
Teamed with Jack Nicklaus to hold off defending champions Fuzzy Zoeller and Ben Crenshaw to win the Wendy's Champions Skins Game. Birdied two holes to win three skins and $130,000 on the back nine. They finished with 10 skins and $350,000 for their second victory in the event in four years...The following week, birdied the final two holes for one-stroke victory over senior newcomer Fred Couples in the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. Closed with a 7-under 65 to finish at 22-under 194 for his 13th Champions Tour title and his first victory in 34 career starts in Hawaii on the two tours. After pushing his drive into the right rough, hit a spectacular second shot with a pitching wedge from 147 yards that rolled 20 feet on the 18th green and stopped 4 feet from the hole. Couples, who closed with a bogey-free 64, just missed his 15-foot birdie putt to the left on the final hole. Became the oldest Champions Tour winner since Gil Morgan in the 2007 Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. In 2009, there were no winners older than 55...Finished T8 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour in early February.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
Western Open, Byron Nelson Golf Classic, British Open Championship, Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational, Masters Tournament, Western Open, British Open Championship, Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open, Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, Byron Nelson Golf Classic, Colgate Hall of Fame Classic, Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic, Sea Pines Heritage Classic, MONY Tournament of Champions, Byron Nelson Golf Classic, Memorial Tournament, Colgate Hall of Fame Classic, Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational, Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open, MONY Tournament of Champions, Greater New Orleans Open, Byron Nelson Golf Classic, British Open Championship, World Series of Golf, Masters Tournament, USF&G New Orleans Open, Atlanta Classic, Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open, Sea Pines Heritage, U.S. Open Championship, British Open Championship, British Open Championship, Seiko-Tucson Match Play Championship, MONY Tournament of Champions, Western Open, Nabisco Championship, Memorial Tournament, MasterCard Colonial.
2009: Nearly pulled off one of the all-time great stories in sports in July when he lost a four-hole playoff to Stewart Cink at the British Open at Turnberry. Appeared on the verge of claiming his sixth Open title when he headed to the 72nd hole with a one-stroke lead on the field. After a near-perfect drive, his second shot, an 8-iron, rolled through the green and down a slope. He putted to within 8 feet and, needing a par to claim the title, saw his putt fall short, forcing a playoff with Cink. After posting a bogey and par on the first two holes, he followed with a double bogey and a bogey, ending his bid to become the oldest winner of the event, at age 59...Four of his seven top-10s on the 2009 Champions Tour came in major championships...Suffered another heartbreaking defeat at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. Was in command with a four-stroke lead through 54 holes at Baltimore CC and, despite a final-round 70, was nipped by a stroke when a hard-charging Jay Haas carded a final-round 64. Second-place finish in Maryland vaulted him into the top 30 on the money list for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons...Fired a 4-under-par 66 in his final round at the Senior PGA Championship which eventually led to a fourth-place finish at the Canterbury GC near Cleveland...Was T5 at the JELD-WEN Tradition in August, after posting rounds of 69-67 on the weekend. It was his seventh top-10 finish in the event in nine career starts...Also was T8 at the Senior British Open at Sunningdale. Was in contention through 36 holes, but an even-par 70 dropped him back...Trailed Dan Forsman by two strokes after 36 holes of the Administaff Small Business Classic but a final-round 72 on the Tournament Course at The Woodlands led to a T7 finish, his first appearance in the Houston area since 1986...Also teamed with Andy North to finish T11 in defense of the duo's title at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. However, they kept their string of consecutive holes without a bogey alive, increasing it to 216 at the event...Closed his season with a T6 at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, his seventh top-10 in eight appearances at the season-ending tournament...Played in his 36th Masters Tournament but missed the cut. 2008: Saw his season come to a halt in the fall when he underwent left-hip replacement surgery on October 2 in California...Became the first player to successfully defend his title at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am near Tampa. Edged Scott Hoch and Jay Haas by one stroke. Managed to scramble for a bogey on the final hole after dunking his second shot in the water at No. 18. When it appeared there would be a playoff, he was the beneficiary of Hoch's missed putt for par from 4 feet. Victory was his 11th on the Champions Tour and 50th overall in a Tour-sanctioned event. Joined Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Hale Irwin and Lee Trevino as the only players with at least 10 wins on the Champions Tour, 20 victories on the PGA TOUR and a combined 50 titles on both Tours...Followed his victory in Tampa by teaming with Andy North to win the Legends Division title at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. The pair opened with a 13-under par 59 and followed with rounds of 62-64 for a wire-to-wire victory in Savannah. Played all 54 holes without a bogey for the fourth straight year, a stretch of 162 holes. The pair had won three consecutive titles in the unofficial Raphael Division before the win in the Legends Division, which became an official event in 2008. 2007: A two-time winner for the first time since 2005...Continued his run of success at the Senior British Open when he prevailed in adverse conditions to win by one stroke over Mark O'Meara and Stewart Ginn at Muirfield in July. Despite a double bogey at the 72nd hole, claimed the event for the third time, duplicating victories in 2003 and 2005. Victory gave him eight official wins in the British Isles (five British Opens and three Senior British Opens), including seven in Scotland and 13 major championships overall. The win also made him the second three-time champion of that event, joining Gary Player. Triumph at the Senior British was his 10th career win on the Champions Tour and was his 49th official title on both the PGA TOUR/Champions Tour combined...First victory of 2007 season came in February. Braved chilly and windy conditions near Tampa to win the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, holding off both Jay Haas and Andy Bean by a stroke at the TPC Tampa Bay. The win ended a 0-93 victory drought in Florida (0-77 on the PGA TOUR and 0-16 on the Champions Tour). Played his last nine holes in 3-under and made key par saves on two of his last four holes to preserve the win, his first since the end of the 2005 season...Also teamed with good friend Andy North to win a third straight Raphael Division title at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. Duo edged Gary Koch and Roger Maltbie by one stroke in the 36-hole better-ball competition in Savannah and did not make a bogey for the third consecutive year...Teamed with Jack Nicklaus to win nine skins and a split of the $320,000 first prize at the Wendy's Champions Skins Game on Maui in January...Champions Tour Player of the Month for July. 2006: Led the Champions Tour in Greens In Regulation, hitting over 76 percent, the best percentage on the circuit since Tom Kite in 2000...Made a strong bid for the U.S. Senior Open in July at Prairie Dunes CC. Held a two-stroke margin over eventual winner Allen Doyle after 54 holes, but started Sunday's final round with bogeys on three of the first six holes and eventually could not hold off a Sunday charge from Doyle...Teamed with Andy North to win second consecutive Raphael Division title at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. Duo fired 36-hole better-ball score of 62-61-123 (21-under). 2005: Had a magical finish to his season. Roared back from a six-stroke deficit to Jay Haas with a final-round, 8-under-par 64 to win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, as well as the season-long Charles Schwab Cup for the second time. His final round included 10 birdies and just two bogeys. Drained a 20-foot putt on the final hole to build a one-stroke margin over Haas and then watched as Haas' birdie putt fell short moments later to give him his third win in the event. His 64 was the low finish ever by a winner of the tournament and his first-place check for $440,000 equaled the largest of his Champions Tour career. In the process, earned 1,320 points (based on triple points in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship) and jumped four players to win the Charles Schwab Cup and the $1-million annuity which goes to the winner...Earlier in the year, ended almost a two-year official victory drought when he triumphed for the second time at the Senior British Open, this time at Royal Aberdeen. Defeated Des Smyth with a par-3 on the third playoff hole after the duo had finished 72 holes on the Balgownie links in 4-under-par 280. Win was his fourth major championship and seventh overall title on the Champions Tour. Overcame a first-round, 4-over 75, the highest start by a winner since Bruce Lietzke won the 2002 Audi Senior Classic after opening with the same score...Earned July Player of the Month honors...Teamed with good friend Andy North to win the unofficial Raphael Division at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf by four strokes. Duo combined for a bogey-free, better-ball score of 16-under 128 over 36 holes. 2004: Made just 12 official starts on the Champions Tour and was troubled by hip and shoulder problems throughout the season...Won his first Wendy's Champions Skins Game early in the season when he two-putted for a par from 25 feet on the third extra playoff hole and then watched Lee Trevino three-putt from 25 feet for a bogey. Finished with eight birdies and an eagle to collect 10 skins and $400,000 at Wailea...Continued to be snakebit at The ACE Group Classic, losing in a three-way playoff with winner Craig Stadler and Gary Koch. 2003: Experienced a bittersweet season as he had his finest year on the Champions Tour at the same time he was teaming with long-time caddie and friend Bruce Edwards in his battle against Lou Gehrig's disease...Was either first or second in half of his 14 appearances on the Champions Tour, and as a result of his stellar play throughout the campaign, earned all of the circuit's top honors, winning the first of two Charles Schwab Cups, the Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year Award, the Arnold Palmer Award and the Byron Nelson Trophy...Donated his $1-million annuity for winning the Schwab Cup to ALS research and patient care and other charities. Throughout the course of the season, helped raise nearly $3 million for ALS-related causes and other charities...Was the leading money-winner for the first time since 1984, with a personal-best $1,853,108, and earned the most money per start on the Champions Tour, $132,365...Earned first Player of the Year honor since 1984...Was under par in 37 of 48 rounds and stroke average of 68.81 was the second lowest in Champions Tour history (Hale Irwin, 68.59, 1998)...Became the first player ever to compete in all nine major championships on the PGA TOUR/Champions Tour combined in a single season...Won multiple major titles in a season for the first time on the Champions Tour since Gil Morgan in 1998 and for the first time in his career since 1982. In July, won his second career major on the Champions Tour when he outdueled Englishman Carl Mason on the Ailsa course at Turnberry for an emotional win at the Senior British Open Championship in Scotland. Only had one three-putt over his 74 holes and posted a final-round 64, the lowest finish ever by a winner in Senior British Open history. His 6-under Sunday score, coupled with Mason's double bogey at the 72nd hole, allowed Watson to get into a playoff. Eventually defeated Mason with a par-4 on the second extra hole to become just the 11th player, and first since Hale Irwin in 1998, to win an official event on both the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour at the same venue...In his next start in late August, became the first player since Hale Irwin in 1998 to win consecutive majors when he claimed the JELD-WEN Tradition, the first fifth major in Champions Tour history, near Portland, OR. With Edwards on the bag, edged Jim Ahern, Tom Kite and Gil Morgan by a stroke when he got his ball up and down from a greenside bunker for birdie on the final hole. Roller coaster event included a second-round, 10-under 62 at The Reserve, tying the lowest round ever posted in a major on the Champions Tour, and a 1-over 73 on Saturday that made him just the third Tradition winner ever with an over-par score among the four rounds...Edged Jim Thorpe for the money title and also clinched the Charles Schwab Cup at the end of the season with a solo second-place finish at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Sonoma, CA. Received a special exemption to play in his first U.S. Open since 2000 and made headlines on Thursday when he was tied for the first-round lead after posting a 5-under 65. Eventually T28 at Olympia Fields after shooting 7-over 147 on the weekend. 2002: For the second time, saved his best for last and won the season-ending SENIOR TOUR Championship at Gaillardia. Opened with a 2-over 74, but played the last 52 holes of the event without making a bogey (17-under) despite cold, rainy weather in Oklahoma City. His $440,000 paycheck was largest as a professional...Made his first hole-in-one on the Champions Tour and 13th of his career, in the opening round (16th hole, 6-iron, 156 yards) at TwinEagles...Lost to Don Pooley in a playoff for the U.S. Senior Open at Caves Valley. Played his last 10 holes in 5-under to catch Pooley and then matched him with three pars and a birdie in overtime before finally falling to Pooley's birdie on No. 18, the fifth extra hole. 2001: Won his first Champions Tour major title. Triumphed at the Senior PGA Championship in New Jersey. After opening with a 72, followed with rounds of 69-66-67 to edge Jim Thorpe by one stroke at Ridgewood CC. 2000: Saved his best for the last official event of the season, claiming the IR SENIOR TOUR Championship in Myrtle Beach. Was T3 after 54 holes, but fired a 6-under-par 66 on the final day for the victory. Held off a late charge by John Jacobs for a one-stroke win. Win at TPC Myrtle Beach made him the first to claim season-ending events on both TOURs (won '87 Nabisco Championship of Golf)...T9 at the PGA Championship near Louisville, the best performance by a senior in that event since Sam Snead T3 in 1974. Matched his career-best round in a PGA Championship when he posted a 65 on Saturday at Valhalla. 1999: Claimed his first Champions Tour win in his second start, the Bank One Championship in Dallas...At the time, became the third-youngest player ever to win a Champions Tour event at 50 years, 15 days. Gil Morgan (50 years, 11 days/1996 Ralphs Senior Classic) and George Archer (50 years, 14 days/1989 Gatlin Brothers Southwest Classic)...Made debut on the Champions Tour at the Comfort Classic in Indianapolis just six days after turning 50.
Big fan of hometown Kansas City Royals...Active in Kansas City area charitable endeavors and development of golf courses for junior players...Named The Greenbrier's golf professional emeritus in April 2005...Favorite golf courses are Ballybunion, Pebble Beach and Harbour Town...Has worked with Byron Nelson and Stan Thirsk as instructors...Father got him started in golf at age 6...Visited military bases in Kuwait and Iraq in the fall of 2007 and went to the Middle East again in 2009...Continues his fundraising efforts for ALS research...Was named as the recipient of this year's Ambassador of Golf Award by the Northern Ohio Charities and will receive this honor during the week of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone CC in early August.
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