Tom Watson

Character Over Championships


Watson Links is honored to have Tom Watson, one of the most iconic figures in the golf world, as its founder and champion. His illustrious career, spanning over seven decades, is a testament to his unwavering dedication, hard work, fierce competitiveness, grace under pressure, humility, and passion for the game. His journey through golf is marked by indomitable spirit and integrity. 

Tom’s record includes eight major championships and five PGA Tour money titles, but it is his personal characteristics that endear him to fans and fellow golfers alike. His humility, despite his numerous achievements, reflects the depth of his character. He has always been more than just a golfer; he is a role model and an ambassador for the sport, promoting its values and spirit across generations.

Tom’s accomplishments range far beyond his professional achievements. He has raised vast amounts of funding for medical research and children’s hospitals and inspired his peers to do the same.

Throughout his career, Tom has been committed to giving back to the sport, particularly focusing on the next generation of golfers by supporting First Tee, Clubs for Kids, Youth on Course, and designing and creating a junior golf course. The annual Watson Challenge tournament, and now Watson Links, demonstrate the powerful vehicle golf can be for personal development and community engagement. 

Tom’s unwavering dedication to growing the game of golf and his steadfast loyalty to friends and charitable causes embody the sport’s most cherished values: integrity, perseverance, respect, and sportsmanship. His transition from competitive play to promoting growth of the game and charitable initiatives highlights golf’s role in fostering community engagement and personal growth. Through Tom, we witness the transformative power of golf—not merely as a pastime, but as a catalyst for positive change far beyond the fairways.

Tom’s legacy transcends his trophies and titles. It includes his support for civic causes and the enduring impact he has had on the sport. His journey inspires young players to pursue their dreams, on and off the course, with hard work, determination, persistence, grace under pressure, and respect for others. We are indeed fortunate to be led by such an extraordinary individual whose contributions to golf are immense, and whose personal traits are equally inspiring.



Tom’s impressive career includes: 

  • 39 wins on the PGA Tour 
  • 8-Time Major Champion
  • 5-Time Open Champion
  • Named PGA Player of the Year six times 
  • Won Vardon Trophy three straight years
  • Leading money winner five times
  • 5-time Ryder Cup Player or Captain
  • Won 14 times on the Champions Tour 
  • 6-Time Champions Major Winner
  • Member, World Golf Hall of Fame