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Tom Watson Named Honorary Starter at The Masters

Yet another special inclusion for golf’s most special week in April, today Chairman Fred Ridley announced Tom Watson, two-time Masters Champion in 1977 & 1981 to be an honorary starter at the 2022 Masters Tournament.  Watson will join Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player on the tee box early Thursday morning to kick off the start of the competition.  He follows Lee Elder, 2021’s Honorary Starter who passed in late November of 2021.  Elder was the first black golfer to compete in The Masters back in 1975.

This is an excellent selection from the Chairman.  Watson is straight class and everything ANGC exemplifies from its champions.  Not to mention, he was a player for some time.  In addition to his two Masters wins, Tom rattled off 5 Open Championship and 1 US Open for a grand total of 8 major championships.  Honorable mention, in 1978 when he came in second at the PGA Championship, or would he have the grand slam.  Mic drop.

(Picks mic back up) And he wasn’t done, he joined the Champions Tour, posted another 14 wins, 6 of them senior majors all while playing a limited schedule.  Long story short, this is a very fitting selection, and well deserved.  Watson was a dawg in his day and will be a fantastic addition to the festivities at the 2022 Masters Tournament.


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