Tom Watson Contemplates End of Masters’ Play
Golf legend Tom Watson has said that playing longer courses is starting to take a toll on his body, and that the 2016 Masters “may be my last.”
“The distance is ebbing away in this old body,” he said. “That’s something I have to deal with and understand there’s going to be a time when I have to hang it up … The handwriting is on the wall as far as me competing out here against the kids.”
Watson, 65, has only made the cut once at The Masters in the past 12 years – that in 2010. He as already decided that this year’s Open Championship will be his final time competing in that Major.
Watson has played on the PGA Tour since 1972, the Champions Tour since 1999 and the European Seniors Tour since 2011. He has 71 career professional wins, including 39 as a member of the PGA Tour and 14 on the Champions Tour.
His last Major victory was the Open Championship in 1983 (his fifth at the event), and his last PGA win was the 1998 Colonial, at age 48. Last year, he was harshly criticized for his decisions while leading the US Ryder Cup team. His last Top 10 finish as a player came in 2009.