Watson expecting news on US Open invite this week


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Tom Watson said he expects to know within a week or so whether he will receive a special exemption to play in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach June 17-20.

It will rank as an upset if Watson doesn’t get an invite with speculation rampant it's already a done deal. The USGA executive committee met last week.

“I would very much like to play in the U.S. Open,” Watson said Sunday after finishing the Masters. “It’s my favorite golf course in the world.”

Watson won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 1982.

Watson, 60, made yet another impressive showing in a major this week after losing the British Open in a playoff at Turnberry last summer. Watson opened the Masters on Thursday with a 67, equaling his lowest score in the championship and went on to close with a 73 Sunday to finish at 1-under 287. It's his lowest 72-hole score in the Masters since 1991.