63-year-old Tom Watson makes cut at The Greenbrier Classic
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63-year-old Tom Watson makes cut at The Greenbrier Classic


Tom Watson is the pro emeritus at The Greenbrier, but that doesn't mean he needs to make the cut at the Greenbrier Classic in perpetuity. He did anyway.

Watson, who will turn 64 in September, will play the weekend at the Old White TPC, shooting 3-under 137 to make it to the weekend tied for 35th place and six shots off the lead of Matt Every.

However, Watson is not the oldest player to make a cut in PGA Tour history. That honor belongs to the former pro emeritus of the resort, Sam Snead. Snead made the cut in the 1979 Westchester Classic at 67 years, 2 months and 21 days, tied for 47th place.

Were Watson to somehow win this weekend, he would certainly become the oldest winner in PGA Tour history. Snead currently owns the mark as oldest winner when he took the 1965 Greensboro Open at 52 years, 10 months and 8 days.

On Sunday, Watson will be 63 years, 10 months and 3 days old.

To accomplish that feat, Watson said he will have to putt better.

"I hit the ball very, very well and like yesterday, I missed a lot of putts," he said, "I 3-putted three times today and it was kind of an ugly day on the greens, but a real good day for the ball striking category."


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