WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – When you’re 63 and you make a PGA Tour cut, people start scurrying to check the record books.
Such is the case for Tom Watson this week, as rounds of 68-69 at The Greenbrier Classic have him playing the weekend.
As it turns out, the pro emeritus at this venue is chasing Sam Snead – the man whom he succeeded in that role – in almost every category.
It may be wishful thinking, but if Watson was to win this week, he would become the oldest winner in PGA Tour history by nearly 11 full years. Snead currently holds that honor, winning the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open at the age of 52 years, 10 months and 8 days.
Even if he was to finish top-10, Watson would set the record, again eclipsing Snead, who was seven months younger when he finished T-8 at the 1975 B.C. Open.
Simply making the cut, though, wasn’t enough for Watson to break one of Snead’s marks. He remains the oldest player to reach a PGA Tour weekend, doing so at the 1979 Westchester Classic at the age of 67 years, 2 months and 21 days.