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Good news: Tom Watson gets exemption to U.S. Open

After a tie for 18th at this past weekend's Masters to go with his runner-up finish at last year's British Open, Tom Watson, 60, has accepted an invitation to play in this summer's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Pebble Beach and the U.S. Open go together well for Watson. Back in 1982, Watson was tied with Jack Nicklaus, already in the clubhouse. Watson was coming out of thick rough onto a downhill lie, and caddy, Bruce Edwards, tried to talk Watson into keeping the chip close. "Close, hell," Watson replied. "I'm going to sink it." Yeah, right:

Watson would go on to birdie the 18th and win by two strokes.

Now, obviously you can't expect that Watson will do as well this summer as he's done at Augusta and Turnberry; the U.S. Open is always the toughest of all the majors. Still, it's good to see this Watson kid is getting some exemptions. He keeps up his good play, he'll have his PGA Tour card in no time. I predict big things for this fella.

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