June 5 2011
DUBLIN, Ohio – The Captains Club of the Memorial Tournament has selected Tom Watson as the 2012 honoree.
Watson and Nicklaus’ names are forever linked by the “Duel in the Sun” at the 1977 British Open at Turnberry. Paired with Nicklaus for the final two rounds, Watson shot 65-65 to edge Nicklaus, who shot 65-66, by one stroke.
In 2009, Watson, who was then 59, nearly won again at Turnberry – eventually losing to Stewart Cink in a playoff. Watson owns five British Open titles along with two Masters and one U.S. Open.
Watson is also a two-time winner of the Memorial Tournament. He won the Senior PGA Championship just last week at Valhalla.