Tom Watson has said he’s going to retire from aggressive golf by taking part in his closing spherical within the Senior British Birth on Sunday at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
The eight-time most fundamental winner made the announcement five weeks wanting his seventieth birthday.
“I’ve concept somewhat prolonged and laborious relating to the decision I’ve made,” said the five-time Birth champion, who has additionally won three senior Birth titles.
“I involving don’t safe enough tools within the toolbox to compete successfully.”
Watson, whose five Birth championship victories build him involving one panicked of Harry Vardon’s file, additionally said he had played his final US Senior Birth.
The American holed a 20ft putt on the 18th green at Royal Lytham and then urged journalists he now now not hit the ball far enough to compete with the 50-and-over senior avid gamers.
‘It be a ultimate review of the contemporary order of my sport,” he said.
The winner of the Senior Birth in 2003, 2005 and 2007 is eleven at the abet of the chief, England’s Paul Broadhurst, going into the closing spherical.
Watson first competed within the Birth in 1975, and straight away captured the Claret Jug when he beat Australian Jack Newton in an 18-gap play-off at Carnoustie.
He triumphed again two years later after the eminent ‘Duel within the Sun’ with Jack Nicklaus at Turnberry, and added further titles in 1980 (Muirfield), 1982 (Royal Troon) and 1983 (Royal Birkdale).
In 2009, at age fifty nine, Watson had a golden likelihood to change into the oldest ever most fundamental champion, handiest to bogey the closing gap at Turnberry which pushed him into a play-off with Stewart Cink that he went on to lose.