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Tom Watson

by Michael from Leawood

On a September 4th day in Kansas City, Missouri, a legend was born. Tom Watson didn’t know as a baby that he would turn out to be a hero and mentor in the eyes of many people. Tom Watson didn’t know that he would become one of the greatest golfers of all time.

Tom Watson
Tom Watson

As a young golfer at Stanford University, Watson developed the nickname Huckleberry Dillinger for the way he looked with his innocent freckled face. That name didn’t fit his personality because of his fierce and determined attitude on the course. After college, he joined the PGA Tour. On the tour he developed a reputation of choking under pressure. "A lot of guys who have never choked have never been in the position to do so," said Watson. Finally, after years of criticism, he won the 1975 British Open. He didn’t stop there; by 1983 he had won a total of five British Opens, two Masters, and one U.S. Open.

Sadly, the glory days had to end. By missing some key puts and just missing playoffs, Watson was just not the same. Despite his game fading, Tom decided to still play on the Champions Tour and he became one of the most loved players by fans. Still living in Kansas City, Watson created and designed the course called The National. He also created The Deuce at the National. Tom also started to donate thousands of dollars to charities, along with his caddy, Bruce Edwards.

Tom Watson (PGATour.com)
Tom Watson (PGATour.com)

Then in 2003, came one of the toughest moments in his career. Bruce was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. That didn’t stop Watson as he co-founded an organization called Driving 4 Life. The organization fought the disease ALS. Tom himself donated $1 million dollars to the foundation. Later that year Bruce passed away.

Tom Watson fought through criticism over the years and never gave up. By his own determination, he became one of golf’s best players. Not only was he a great player, but he also helped out the community and become a great icon to many people. Tom showed many great attributes in his life and that is why he is my hero.

Page created on 9/5/2007 11:15:22 AM

Last edited 9/5/2007 11:15:22 AM

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Related Links

Tom Watson Website - Charities
Thinkquest.org - A biography of Tom Watson