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Watson to be honored at 2012 Memorial

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PRATTVILLE, AL - SEPTEMBER 26: Lorena Ochoa of Mexico waches her drive from the 3rd tee during second round play in the Navistar LPGA Classic at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill on September 26, 2008 in Prattville, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)  - 

DUBLIN, Ohio – Tom Watson has been selected as the next honoree at the Memorial Tournament.

Watson is a longtime rival and friend of tournament host Jack Nicklaus. He won 39 times on the PGA Tour along with eight majors, none as memorable as the two times he beat Nicklaus. First came the famous “Duel in the Sun” at Turnberry in 1977 for the British Open, then Watson’s chip-in behind the 17th green to beat Nicklaus at Pebble Beach in the 1982 U.S. Open.

One of his last PGA Tour wins was at the 1996 Memorial, which Watson won at age 46 by two shots over David Duval.

Watson will be honored at next year’s tournament, and get a bronze plaque on a wall that includes all the game’s greats.