Watson’s Birdie Makes Him Oldest Player to Win Senior PGA

When a golf player turns more than 40 years (or even 50 or 60), his chances of winning tournaments are getting close to zero. Perhaps, that is why the Senior PGA title made 61-year-old Tom Watson so glad.

Down one shot with four holes to go in regulation, Tom rallied back and calmly sank a birdie putt from three feet to become the oldest golfer to claim a victory at a major. He also became one of the oldest players to win a Champions Tour event.

Naturally enough, nobody expected a win from Watson. Moreover, his performance last week was reportedly not so good and even he did not think he had any chances.  But Tom unexpectedly put his magic to work to edge 59-year-old David Eger out at the Valhalla Golf Club. He fired a 2-under 70 to close with a 10-under 278 total and secure his 14th major. The golfer won his last PGA Championship in 2001, with the ten-year-break between the wins being the longest in the PGA Championship history.

Watson looked positively taken aback when he was handed the trophy and the $360,000 in prize money after the event.