The Open 2015: Tom Watson’s special Open Championship quintet

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Watson’s illustrious career included eight major championships, five of which were at The Open. We look back on each victory

1975, CARNOUSTIE


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In his first Open, Watson makes his way through the field to earn a play-off with Australia’s Jack Newton, ahead of Bobby Cole. In the 18-hole play-off, a par at the final hole is enough to win by one.


1977, TURNBERRY


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The Duel in the Sun sees Watson and Nicklaus finish 10 shots clear of the field. A pair of 65s over the weekend leaves Watson one clear of his great rival.


1980, MUIRFIELD


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In the first Open to finish on a Sunday, Watson’s final round is a masterclass. He finishes four clear of the field leaving Trevino, Crenshaw, Carl Mason and Nicklaus in his wake.


1982, TROON


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Making his Open debut, Bobby Clampett leads by five at halfway before Nick Price leads the group of big names trying to reel him in. 

A one-shot lead for the last day is not enough and it becomes a two-horse race with Watson hitting the front at the very end as Price falters coming home.


1983, BIRKDALE


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Watson holds off late charges from Graham Marsh, Andy Bean and Hale Irwin to win by a single stroke thanks to a peerless 2 iron into the heart of the final green.

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Tom’s Open record


Played: 37
Wins: 5
Runner-up: 2
Top 10s 3 | MCs: 10
WD: 1

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