Golden Oldies: Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus and more pros who defied their age
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Tom Watson, 59, nearly won the 2009 British Open, but he's not the only player in the twilight of his career to make a run at a major. Here are some other old timers who made a splash late in the game.
Tom Watson, 59: Lost in a playoff to Stewart Cink at the 2009 British Open.
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Greg Norman, 53: Tied for third at 2008 British Open.
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Jack Nicklaus, 58: Tied for sixth at the 1998 Masters.
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Hale Irwin, 45: Won the 1990 U.S. Open.
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Raymond Floyd, 43: Won the 1986 U.S. Open.
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Jack Nicklaus, 46: Won the 1986 Masters.
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Julius Boros, 48: Won the 1968 PGA Championship.
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Roberto de Vicenzo, 44: Won the 1967 British Open.
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Ben Hogan, 54: Tied for 10th at 1967 Masters.
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Ted Ray, right, 43: Won the 1920 U.S. Open.
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Harry Vardon, 44: Won the 1914 British Open.
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Old Tom Morris, left, 46: Won the 1867 British Open.
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