Watson: 'Starting to see the end' of career


Might the 2014 Ryder Cup be Tom Watson’s last hurrah?

The 63-year-old hinted at the Senior British Open that he could retire following next year’s matches at Gleneagles.

“I don’t know how many more years I’m going to play as far as my career is concerned. I’m starting to see the end of it.” Watson said, according to report in the Daily Record (UK)

“I’ll be back next year, sure. I’ll be at the Open in Hoylake and play the Senior Open at Royal Porthcawl. But I don’t know how many more years after that. I’m 63 and I’m starting to feel it. The length is going in my game. 

“I still have the ability to compete but I have to be playing on a links course like the Open that takes the driver out of the kids’ hands. Augusta is different. I can’t hit it far enough off the tee to allow me to compete so my years are numbered there.” 

Watson came agonizingly close to becoming the oldest major winner in history when, at age 59, he lost in a playoff at the 2009 Open. In three PGA Tour starts this season, he has two missed cuts and a T-38 at The Greenbrier Classic. He missed the cut this year at Muirfield after rounds of 75-78, and his Open exemption ends next summer.