August 08, 2014
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- Tom Watson won the U.S. Open once, the Masters twice, and The Open Championship five times. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Tom Watson played in what will likely be his final PGA Championship this year at Valhalla, where he missed the cut after rounds of 72-73 to finish at 3 over.
"The golf course is playing pretty long," said the 64-year-old, who was given a special exemption into this year's tournament. "It's like Augusta. Augusta is too long for me now. I still feel I can play certain courses, but courses like this, especially after the rain, is a little bit long for me. I can't get the ball high enough, can't get the ball far enough.
"That's OK. It goes with the age."
Next year at St. Andrews, Watson will play his final Open Championship, a tournament he has won five times.
He has never hoisted the Wanamaker trophy. The PGA Championship is the only major he has never won.
The closest Watson came was in 1978 at Oakmont, where he led after each of the first three rounds before shooting 73 on Sunday and losing in a sudden-death playoff to John Mahaffey.
"I kind of frittered it away," the eight-time major champion said of the loss. "It'd have been nice to have all four of them, but I've enjoyed playing in the PGA.
"It's been a good run. I've won more than my share."