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‘Golf psychologist’ Tom Watson, ‘Masters Fierce Battle’ starting this year, Masters Sita

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The Masters Tournament, the most prestigious major tournament called the ‘Masters Tournament’ on the PGA Tour, announced the opening of the tournament with the annual ‘Elder Big 3’ event. They are Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus (USA) and Gary Player (South Africa). However, when Palmer passed away in 2016, the two played a sit-down. The vacancy was filled with Tom Watson (73, USA), who has won 39 of his career, including 8 major wins on the PGA Tour.

Augusta National Golf Club, which hosts the Masters, announced on the 12th that Watson will be a starter along with Nicklaus and player at the Masters to be held in April. Watson is evaluated as the player who left the greatest achievements in the next generation of the so-called ‘Big Three of the Elders’, such as Nicklaus, Player, and Palmer. He has won the majors, The Open (British Open) five times, the Masters twice and the US Open once. Of the four majors, only the PGA Championship failed to achieve a ‘career grand slum’. In particular, he won the PGA Tour prize money five times (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984) and achieved the Player of the Year six times (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984).

At The Open in 2009, the scene where Watson, 59, who was about to turn 60 at the time, competed for the title with his son, Stuart Sink (36), leading by one shot to the last hole is famous. Watson bogeyed on the 18th hole and was dragged into overtime to finish runners-up. Watson officially retired in 2015 at the age of 66. After graduating from the prestigious Stanford University with a degree in psychology, he is called ‘a psychologist who plays golf’. Picking ‘maintaining a positive mind’ as the first secret to being good at golf, he left many lesson manuals, including the publication of ‘A Timeless Swing’, a lesson manual for seniors in 2011.

(From left) Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tom Watson. AP Yonhap News

He received a lifetime qualification to the Masters, but has not played at the Masters since 2016, saying he “can’t take the place of young players any longer.” “April Masters is my favorite,” Watson said. It is an honor to be able to take on Sita with the seniors I respect.” Lee Elder (USA), who was the first black to compete in the Masters last year, joined the Masters as a starter, but passed away in November last year.

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