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Tom Watson: One More Title?

Edward Kiersh
From the Print Edition:
Gina Gershon, Sep/Oct 98

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Regardless of his behind-the-scenes accomplishments, it will be Watson's performances on the golf course that will earn him his place in the game's history. "I just want to be remembered as a hell of a player, a guy who cared about the game and treated people with respect," he says. "That I was honest and fair."

Yet this isn't the time to total his final scorecard. Not with him spending hours on the practice range, tirelessly searching for perfection, and at day's end, still being a work in progress.

"I still have a whole lot to learn about the game," emphasizes Watson, "and if I could talk shop with any of golf's immortals, it would be with the great Bobby Jones. I'm sure he had a cigar or two in his life. So I'd like to enjoy a cigar with him and listen to his tales, insights and recollections of winning the 1930 Grand Slam. Those wins inspired me as a boy, particularly the way he conducted himself. While playing with fire, he was a real gentleman--with manners, etiquette--and that's the way every game should be played. With a code of honor." *

Florida-based writer Edward Kiersh is a frequent contributor to Cigar Aficionado.


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