Tom Watson Hints at Retiring From Golf After Next Season #MeWantToCry

It’s hard to imagine the golfing world without Tom Watson competing in it at least on some level, but that’s exactly what we may have following the 2014 season.

At last week’s Senior British Open, Watson hinted that he may hang up his competing spikes following next year’s golfing season.  According to a report in the UK’s Daily Record, Watson said, “I don’t know how many more years I’m going to play as far as my career is concerned.  I’m starting to see the end of it.”   Watson of course if the Team USA Ryder Cup captain for next year’s matches at Gleneagles, but from the sounds of it, that may just be his swan song from the game.

Watson did say that he would for sure be back next year for the British Open at Hoylake and will play the Senior Open at Royal Porthcawl.  He went on to say, “I’m 63 and I’m starting to feel it.  The length is going in my game.  I still have the ability to compete but I have to be playing on a links course like the Open that takes the driver out of the kids’ hands.  Augusta is different.  I can’t hit it far enough off the tee to allow me to compete so my years are numbered there.”  Watson’s British Open exemption runs out after next year anyway (he’s exempt past 60 due to his high finish in nearly winning the British Open in ’09 before ultimately losing to Stewart Cink in a playoff).

It’s hard to imagine a British Open without Tom (5-time Claret Jug champion), or even the golfing world in general without him.  I’m sure he’ll still make appearances at the Greenbrier where he is pro emeritus (and actually beat 75% of the field there this year, just sayin’), along with the annual appearances at Augusta and other top venues, but either way, not seeing him stripe a low little nuke punch with a 4-iron off the tee in the British Open following next year is such a strange thought.

In my opinion, #30 on this list of British Open exemptions should just say…”and Tom Watson.”   Agree?  Heck, why not.

If your Ryder Cup captaincy at Gleneagles is indeed your swan song, go ahead and just win the damn thing.

Joel Harrington




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