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Watson says Snead to thank for longevity

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At age 61, Tom Watson is still getting it done. Earlier this year, he won the Senior PGA Championship in a playoff at Valhalla to become the oldest winner of a Champions Tour major in its history. A few months later, he was in the mix at the Open Championship at Royal St. George’s for the second time in three years.

Watson, though, doesn’t have any intentions of slowing down any time soon, telling the Detroit News that he sees himself going on like Sam Snead did.

“My mom and dad gave me good genes,” Watson said to the paper. “I’m in good shape. Golf keeps you in shape – you walk five or six miles. It keeps you fit. I use Sam Snead as an example. He stayed fit until he was 75.”

Snead is the oldest player to have won a PGA Tour event. He was 52 when he won his eighth and final stop at Greensboro.

But, Watson could look at a contemporary of his for inspiration. Hale Irwin finished fourth at the Senior PGA in May, then turned 66 in June and finished in the top-10 in three of his eight starts.