Tom Watson becomes oldest to break par at the Masters

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Once again on Thursday, Tom Watson showed off his incredible longevity, becoming the oldest player in Masters history to post an under-par round.

At age 65, Watson fired a 1-under 71 for his lowest round at Augusta National since an opening 5-under 67 in 2010.

Watson takes the record from 1967 Masters winner Gay Brewer, who was 63 when he shot 2-under 70 in the second round of the 1995 Masters. Sam Snead shot 1-under 71 in the first round of the 1975 Masters at age 62. Snead also shot consecutive weekend 71s in the 1974 Masters to finish tied for 20th place at 62.

Gene Sarazen is the oldest player to shoot even par or better in a Masters, carding a 72 at the age of 67 in the second round of the 1969 Masters.

Watson's round is even more remarkable compared to Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. When Nicklaus played in his final Masters in 2005 at the age of 65, he shot 77-76 to miss the cut. Palmer, who turned 65 in 1994, shot 78-77 that year. 

If Watson can back up his Thursday 71 on Friday, he'll become the oldest player to make a 36-hole Masters cut. Tommy Aaron, the 1973 Masters champion, holds that distinction now. He shot 72-74 to make the cut at age 63 in the 2000 Masters en route to a tie for 57th place.

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