Watson to be Keynote Speaker at 2011 Junior PGA Championship

PGA of America
Tom Watson is a World Golf Hall of Fame member and an eight-time major champion.
PGA of America


Published: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 | 3:34 p.m.

Tom Watson, winner of eight major championships and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, will be the keynote speaker at the players' welcome reception to kick off the 2011 Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour.

The Championship will be held for a second consecutive year at renowned Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Aug. 2-5, and will be free and open to the public.

"As a professional golfer, I am honored to be in Fort Wayne for one of the junior majors," said Watson. "These are tomorrow's professionals and avid golfers, and I am happy to participate in a sport that is truly life long and encourages honesty, integrity and sportsmanship."

Watson has been one of the leading golfers over the last 30 years, and his famous rivalry with Jack Nicklaus in the 1970s and 80s increased awareness and viewership of golf across the country and around the world.

In 2009, at age 59, Watson made international headlines, becoming the oldest man to hold the lead after any round in a major when he was tied for the lead after the second round and held the lead alone following the third round of the Open Championship. Watson ended up losing in a four-hole playoff with Stewart Cink.

Among other notable accomplishments, Watson has been named PGA Player of the Year six times, won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average three times and was a member of four United States Ryder Cup Teams. In 1993, Watson served as captain of the last U.S. team to win a Ryder Cup outside the United States.