How Many Major Championships Has Tom Watson Won?

Top 10: Essential Tom WatsonTom Watson is a legendary Hall-of-Famer and one of the greatest golfers of all time. Check out the ten things you need to know about one of the greatest links players in PGA TOUR history. . SUBSCRIBE to PGA TOUR now: Welcome to the official YouTube channel of the PGA TOUR. Here you can…2013-07-01T20:32:02Z

Tom Watson is one of the most decorated golfers to ever be on the PGA Tour with eight wins in Major Tournaments after his start 41 years ago. The golf world was saddened when the Hall of Famer’s announced that the Open Championship 2015 would be his last. Watson finished up after day two of his last British Open at +12, but the crowd cheered and crowded around him as if he was leading by 12. Watson will go down in history as a signature player in his era and all fans tipped their hats to the legend. Watch the video above to see the Top 10 moments in his career.

The Open Championship- Five Time Winner (1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983)

Duel In The SunConsidered by many to be the finest golf tournament ever played in the 20th century. Watson & Nicklaus -who was boguey free in the last round- finished 11 and 10 strokes from the third place.2013-08-24T04:50:35Z

Watson won his first Major Championship, the British Open in 1975 after beating out Jack Newton, just one year after he joined the PGA Tour.

His most famous Open Championship win was in 1977 named “Duel in the Sun” a Turnberry where he beat the legendary Jack Nicklaus. Watson played his two final rounds 65-65 ending in a birdie on the 18th to beat Nicklaus’ impressive 65-66 giving it the title of “Tournament of the Century.” Watch the video above to see a full overview of the match.

He went on to win in four more times in his career. All five were within an eight year period (1975-1983) by making Hall of Famer, Lee Trevino (1980), Peter Oosterhuis and Nick Price (1892), and Andy Bean and Hale Irwin (1983) all runners up in those years.

US Open Championship- One Time Winner

1982 U.S. Open: Watson Chips In to Edge NicklausJack Nicklaus was looking for a record fifth U.S. Open title at Pebble Beach, but Tom Watson, like he did at the 1977 British Open at Turnberry, out-dueled his rival. Watson was tied with Nicklaus when his tee shot on the par-3 17th hole found the deep rough. Caddie Bruce Edwards told him to "get…2014-05-27T20:25:03Z

Watson’s won both the Open Championship and the U.S. Open in 1982. In his first and only U.S. Open win, win, he made a chip shot from the greenside rough on the 71st hole for a birdie followed by another birdie on the 18th hole and to clinch the victory and once again, Jack Nicklaus found himself runner up behind Watson. Today, that exact shot is considered one of the greatest pressure shots ever hit on tour.

Watch the video above to see his clutch chip.

Masters Tournament- Two Time Winner (1977, 1981)

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In 1977, he won his first Masters Tournament by beating out Jack Nicklaus which would turn out to be a foreshadowing of his victory over Nicklaus in the Open Championship that same year. He won the Masters again in 1981 by defeating Jack Nicklaus again along with Johnny Miller.

Watch the video above to see highlights on the 1977 Masters featuring Watson and Nicklaus.

Click here to see a full list of his career wins.

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