Tom Watson‘s biggest cheerleader on the PGA Senior Tour is his wife Hilary Watson. The couple live on a ranch in Stilwell, Kansas when he isn’t traveling the world in search of his next golf victory.
Watson turned pro in 1971 after winning four straight Missouri State Amateur Championships from 1968-1971. He joined the PGA tour in 1972 and won eight majors; 5 British Opens, 2 Masters and a U.S. Open. The only elusive major has been the U.S. PGA Championship – preventing him from a major grand slam.
Watson divorced his first wife Linda Rubin in 1997 after 25 years of marriage. Their two children are Meg, 29, and Michael, 26. He married Hilary Watson in 1999. She was previously married to Zimbabwe pro golfer Denis Watson, 52, with whom she had three children, Kyle, 23, Paige, 20, and Ross, 18.
According to Denis, it was really awkward when his wife left him for competitor Tom Watson, making it impossible to play in PGA tour events. He eventually married a lawyer and settled in Fort Lauderdale where they are raising five young children. He has had 4 wins on the Champions Tour, which he joined two years ago, including the Senior PGA Championship in 2007 – see photo below.
Watson was quite vocal about what competitor Tiger Woods needs to do when he returns to golf. His words are critical of what he considered inappropriate behavior by the sports top golfer – more on that story here.
View more photos of Tom Watson and Hilary Watson and listen to the new interview below.