Old Tom Watson and the older Royal & Ancient Golf Club
Golfers who are eligible for AARP benefits aren't supposed to win major championships, but Tom Watson is doing his best to punch back at conventional wisdom.
Should Watson win on Sunday at Turnberry, the governing body of the Open Championship, the R&A, will find itself in a quandry. The R&A has deemed that players past the age of 60 can no longer play in the Open. Watson is 59. Winners of the British Open receive automatic 10-year exemptions into the championship.
So what would give? Would Watson then be eligible to compete in the championship until age 69, or would the 2010 edition at St. Andrews be his final curtain?
According to a British Open official, Watson would be allowed to play until age 69, at which time his British Open career would end. Unless, of course, he were to win again between the ages of 60 and 69.