Tom Watson will bid an emotional farewell to St Andrews this week.
Tom Watson has confirmed that this 144th Open Championship at St Andrews will be his last open. He has also confirmed he will be making his last Masters appearance in Augusta next year.
At 65 years old, the five times Open winner wanted to go out on a high but his first round means it's unlikely there will be a fairytale ending. He said he would have liked to have given the younger golfers a scare again like he did in 2009 at Turnberry, him being just one putt off winning.
Amazingly it was 40 years ago when he won his first open at Carnoustie in Scotland. The winners cheque in 1975 was for £7,500 and if he could have conquered all by Sunday night he would have earned himself a cool £1.15m. The prize money pot is a staggering £6.3m which guarantees a player finishing in 70th place a cheque for £14,500 which is almost double what Tom Watson received for actually winning in 1975.
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