Tom Watson

Earliest Masters memory: Watching on television when Arnold Palmer won in 1958, and Arnold again in 1960, ’62 and ’64. I remember watching Sam Snead in ’54 and Ben Hogan, the last time he played in 1966.

Favourite hole: I like the way 3 sets up. A lot of the par 4s there are too long for me, but 3 fits my game because I can get there (laughs). I can hit a 3-wood and a pitching wedge, or 9-iron and get it close.

Hardest hole: I can’t get the ball on top of the hill at 17 now. I hit the wrong club into the green and there’s no other option.

How tough? The greens are very fast, contoured and undulating, and very big. You have to put the ball in small areas – greens within greens.

Where do you stay? I don’t stay in one of the houses on the course. We stay in town and stay in different houses. We cook our own food and eat in, and sometimes go out to a local restaurant.

Champions Dinner? They didn’t have the Champion’s Dinner when I won – that has been blown out of proportion. It’s nice to have some international food, but they always let you order off the menu, too.


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