In the Bag 2013 with Tom Watson

In the coming years, when we celebrate the achievements of golfing legends, such as when the likes of Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus are honoured by ceremonially teeing off at the Masters, the name of Tom Watson should sit comfortably alongside such golfing luminaries.


Watson’s achievements in the game, allied to his warm, friendly demeanour have won him countless of fans and tournaments across the globe, yet there is a good reason why this 63-year old is not quite ready to become an iconic figurehead – and that is because the next US Ryder Cup captain is defying advancing years to still show sparkling form against the world’s best.




So let’s take a look at one of the most popular golfers of all-time and what he will have in his bag for the 2013 season!





Player Name: Tom Watson

Place of Birth: Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

Age: 63

Club Sponsor: Adams Golf

Major Wins (8) :  US Masters (2) 1977, 1981. US Open (1) 1982. Open Championship (5) 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983. USPGA Championship (0)

Other Tournament Wins : 62

Current World Ranking: =916



In The Bag with Tom Watson 2013

Driver: Adams Speedline F11 Driver – 9.5 degree loft (below)

Fairway Woods: Adams Insight Fairway Wood – 14.5 degree loft

Hybrids : Adams Idea Pro A12 Hybrid

Irons: Adams A12 Irons – 3 to Pitching Wedge

Wedges: Puglielli Wedges (52 and 56 degree loft)

Putter: Tom uses different putters for different tournaments depending on his feeling at the time.

Ball: Titleist ProV1



Career Highlights:

It would be somewhat churlish and pointless to list any of Watson’s eight Major successes as being his career highlight as no doubt each has provided him with as much joy and pleasure as the last. His popularity in the UK is a rarity amongst golfers from the US, given his outstanding performances in the British Open in the late 70s and early 80s. He’s also won a Ryder Cup, on European soil, as captain in 1993 which also must rank as a real highlight and played a key part in him being offered the role of captain for the 2014 tournament.


His 1977 “Duel in the Sun” at the British Open with Jack Nicklaus is widely regarded as the greatest ever final round competition between playing partners in golfing history.


Odd as it may seem, I am going to select a tournament where Watson didn’t quite win as his career highlight. For me, his performance in the 2009 British Open, where he lead almost from first ball to last and had a putt on the 72nd hole to win the tournament, was one of the most intriguing and impressive performances in modern golf. For a senior player to outplay the world’s finest over 72 holes and only lose in a play off to Stewart Cink showed that modern golf is not just about power and that when it comes to Links golf, Tom Watson may be about the best that there has ever been.



Career Lowpoints:

Watson’s low point in his career came in the mid-1980s when he admitted that a series of poor performances and a defect in his swing saw him lose a little faith in himself and the game. He even took a self-imposed sabbatical from the game to try and rectify the problem with his swing and improve his attitude.


He did precisely that, using a similar method of visualisation in his backswing and transition to Corey Pavin, Watson made a slight but crucial change to his swing and the result was longer, more consistently accurate shots. He credits it as being the single most crucial change made to his game in his entire golfing career.


What does the future hold for Tom Watson?

Tom Watson has nothing left to prove to anybody in the world of golf. Forget his lowly world ranking- this is a true golfing legend who deserves his place in the golfing hall of fame alongside the true giants of the game.

Before that though, there is the small matter of Scotland, where Tom will return this year to contest the British Open at Muirfield, before returning next year with the US Ryder Cup team to try and win back the trophy won by Europe last year.


While a British Open victory may be unlikely, Watson may well be the man to inspire the US to a rare victory on European soil. After all he achieved the feat in 1993.

Regardless of the result, Watson will still be cherished by fans both sides of the Atlantic as a true legend of the game.


(Pictures courtesy of Adams Golf, Tom Watson Facebook Page)


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Golf Program June 10, 2013

Well done…again. Two things I like about the post, one it is straight forward and two it does not attempt to promote anyone’s position particularly. I appreciate you sharing this with the rest of us Tommy.

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