The best players on the Champions Tour will be teeing it up this week at the U.S. Senior Open Championship at Inverness Golf Club, but one significant name will be missing from the major championship's field.
That would be Tom Watson. No, he isn't out with an injury or anything; he's actually playing this week ... on the PGA Tour.
Now before you start to wonder if we're talking about the same guy here, yes, I am talking about the 8-time major winner who turns 62 in three months.
Watson is in the field this week at the Greenbrier Classic, deciding to play in a tournament that, well, isn't a major championship by any stretch of the imagination.
So what the heck is Watson doing? Most people have chalked up his decision to play this week to a hefty appearance fee. Quite honestly, that would be the most logical reason for him skipping out.
But in actuality, it's because Watson is a man of his word. Prior to last year's U.S. Senior Open, Watson promised long-time friend Jim Justice, who's hosting this week's Greenbrier event, that he'd play in the tournament this year in lieu of the senior event.
However, things took an interesting turn when he won the Senior PGA, leaving his decision to pass on the Greenbrier a no-brainer. But instead of trying to go for two major wins in one year, Watson decided to do the honorable thing, telling his friend he made a promise, and that he was going to honor the commitment to play.
It may sound silly that Watson's skipping a major, but I think the move speaks volumes about his character and class. He made a promise, and despite things changing along the way, he still kept his word.
Golf is considered by many to be one of the most honorable sports around, and Watson is certainly one of the most selfless and honorable guys in the sport. Good on him for being a man of his word.