Tom Watson, 52, is back on the Senior PGA Tour after a lucrative 2001 season. The legendary pro racked up 13 starts for the second-straight year (will 2002 be his third?) and finished 17th on the money list by pocketing a total of $986,547. He also scored eight top-10 finishes last season, making Watson the one to study and learn from when he’s out on the links.
AW: You’ve been a PGA TOUR pro since 1971. What’s your favorite course?
Tom Watson: One of my favorites is a course called Ballybunion in [Kerry] Ireland. It’s an excellent links golf course.
AW: If you weren’t playing golf, what would you be doing?
TW: If I’d known what I was doing when I was 18 years old, I probably would have studied medicine.
AW: Do you ever get back to your home stomping grounds around K.C. these days?
TW: Yeah, I still have a home in Kansas City and spend about half the year there.
AW: Do you have a favorite moment in your career?
TW: My favorite moment was chipping in at the 71st hole of the U.S. Open in 1982 to win the national Open at Pebble Beach.
— JAMES E. MAYFIELD