Fittingly, it was cold, wet and windy at Gaillardia Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City, Okla. Less than ideal playing conditions ' perfect for Watson.
The five-time British Open champion defeated Gil Morgan by two strokes to claim his fourth career Champions Tour title, and his second in this event. Two years prior, he also saved his best for last, collecting his only victory of the season in the ultimate event.
This time around there is no such desperation; though, Watson still desires the same outcome.
Watson enters the season finale, now called the Charles Schwab Cup Championship (Thurs., 5:00 PM ET on TGC), having already won twice in 2003, both major championships. He captured the Senior British Open and the JELD-WEN Tradition. Another victory this week would assure the 54-year-old of his first Player of the Year award (ironically called the Jack Nicklaus Trophy) and his first money title.
Watson currently leads Bruce Lietzke by less than $17,000 in earnings.
Lietzke is also in search of his third win of the season, as is Hale Irwin. Craig Stadler is the only player on tour with a trio of titles, netting his third win last week at the SBC Championship.
Stadler and Lietzke each have a major to their credit, giving them a chance to prevent Watson from taking home P.O.Y. honors.
Tom Kite, on the other hand, is still trying to secure win No. 1. He has earned more money, $1,336,819, than anyone else on the 50-and-over set this year without posting a victory. He has at least one win in each of his first three seasons on tour.
This years event moves to the par-72, 7,013-yard Sonoma Golf Club in Sonoma, Calif. The winner will receive $440,000 of the $2.5 million purse.
The field includes the top 30 players on the money list. No one was able to break into the top 30 after last weeks event. Fuzzy Zoeller secured his spot in the field by tying for fourth in the SBC and moving from 30th on the money list to 25th.