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Tom Watson

Tom Watson is an American professional golf player who is a five-time winner of The Open Championship. Tom Watson is well known as the Global Ambassador for the Open GOLF’S Original Championship.

Early Life and Childhood

Tom Watson was born on September 4, 1949, and he is currently 74 years old. He is originally from Kanas City Missouri, USA. Talking about his family, He is the son of Ray Watson whereas he hasn’t revealed his mother’s name. Similarly, he holds American nationality with the birth sign Virgo. And he belongs to British ancestry.


Regarding his education qualification, he studied at his high school at the Pembroke County Day School. similarly,  he studied  Psychology and graduated in 1971 from Stanford University California.  He, was active in golf since his university days, In the years 1967,1968,1979,1971, and he won four Missouri State Championships respectively.

Tom Watson – Net Worth 2024

He is a golf player by profession. Likewise, his primary source of income is through his career as a player. Similarly, he has a net worth of around $25 million with an earning range of $ 30k to $81.

Additionally, he earns in the range of $21 k-$54 k the US as a global ambassador  He lives a very luxurious lifestyle with his good source of income which he has collected throughout his career.

 Career and Professional Life

Tom Watson started his career in 1971 with a PGA Tour. He took Bruce Edwards to be his attendant at the St. Louis Tournament held at Norwood Hill Country Club. Similarly, he participated in a major championship for the first time at the U.S Open, winged foot, and washed out from the final round with a 54-hole Lead. However, the legendary retired player Byron Nelson approached Watson in the locker room at the event and offered encouragement, insight, and assistance. Likewise, Watson played in the Tour’s Byron Nelson Classic in the Dallas area.

Moreover, he later won the Western Open Golf Tournament and Open Champion in Scotland in  1975. After some achievements, he won another championship as a master Championship in 1977. And become an open Championship at Turnberry whose finale was one of the finest tournament matches of the 20th century.

Outstanding 1980’s

1980 became an incredible year for Watson, In 1980  he became the winner of the third Open Championship title in Britain by four strokes. He was the leading person as winner winning six tournaments in America. He was more consistent toward his goal as Watson won his second Masters title at Augusta by two strokes.

Similarly in the same year, he won the USF&G New Orleans Open and Atlanta Classic. He was interviewed on national television for his contribution to his works. Watson was the third golfer since World War II to win the U.S. Open and Open Championship in 1988 in Scotland. However in  1987, he lost the tournament by a stroke to Scott Simpson when competing at the Olympic Club, Furthermore, Watson became the contender for the Open Championship at Royal Troon.

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Caption: Tom Watson giving an interview
source: DietDoctor

After the ’80s

Waston has been a part of many tournaments since the 1980s. Similarly, in 1991, he appeared in the master Tournament in Agusta and was content for the Open Championship at turning Bery. He also won the Japan Golf Tour’s prestigious Dunlop Phoenix tournament which was the last of his four victories in Japan.

Waston played against Jack Nicklaus at the Open Championship on the old course at St Andrew’s in 2005, custom shot a 5-under 65, in the first round of the 2009 Open Championship. After winning numerous matches he set the record for the longest period between the first and last playoffs on the PGA Tour. Likewise, in the second match of the 2011 Open Championship, Watson got an ace on the 6th hole. Additionally,  he played in his final Mastering 2015 and final competitive event where he played in the senior British Open for the final time in July 2019.


Talking about his achievements, Watson received and competed in numerous tournaments. He received the Vardn Trophy from PGA America in three years 1977, 1978, and 1979 respectively.

Similarly, he was Bob Jones by the United States Golf Association in 1987 and the old Tom Morris Award in 1992 by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Furthermore, he was awarded by Payne Stewart Award by the PGA Tour and the Charles Schwab Cup by the PGA Tour in 2003 and 2005 respectively.

Relationship Status

Regarding his relationship status, Tom is currently single and focusing on his career. However, he was previously married to Hilary Watson. they tied the knot in 1999 and they were blessed with two children Michael and Meg Watson.

But unfortunately, Hilary passed away in 2019. Some online sources claimed that he was also married to Limda Rubin in 1972 and separated after 5 years of togetherness.

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Caption: Tom Watson with his wife
source: Zimbio

Body Measurements

Talking about body measurement, this talented player is tall however Tom Watson hasn’t revealed any information regarding his height and weight whereas he has a fat body and has spoken about how he lost eight stone and beat diabetes. Similarly, he has brown hair color with a pair of honey-brown color eyes.

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Caption: Tom Watson posing for a photo
source: the oldie, co.UK

Tom Watson – Social Media

Reflecting upon his social media presence, Watson is active on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. His Instagram handle @tomwatson.pga has over 17.7k followers and more than 45k followers on his Facebook account.  Similarly, he joined Twitter in March 2008 and has over 317.3K followers on his @tom_watson account.