Tom Watson is set to make one more stab this week at one of the few career goals to elude him.
updated: February 25, 2007 11:35 IST
Overland Park:Tom Watson is set to make one more stab this week at one of the few career goals to elude him, winning a professional tournament in front of his hometown fans. Twice in the past five years the popular Kansas City native has come close in the Greater Kansas City Classic, finishing second to wisecracking Dana Quigley. Watson finished one stroke behind Quigley in his first Champions Tour tournament in Kansas City, then in last year's rain-shortened event, he and Gil Morgan lost a sudden-death playoff to Quigley in the event's first staging at the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate layout. Watson always draws by far the biggest gallery. He grew up in Kansas City and has remained an active, contributing member of the community. But soon to turn 57, he's already past the 50-55 age group that's won more than 80 percent of the tournaments since the 50-and-over tour was created. Time may be running out. "I've been practicing a lot. I'm pretty close with my golf swing right now,'' said Watson, who's finished no lower than fifth in his last four tournaments. "It was just a little bit sketchy. I got an adjustment from a couple of people who were watching me a couple of days ago.'' Other players to watch in the 54-hole tournament which begins on Friday include Jay Haas, 52, the Champions Tour money leader; Loren Roberts, 51, who is second on the money list; and Quigley, 59, who's been fighting health issues this year but finished fourth in the Senior PGA Championship. (AP)