1998: Tom Watson wins his 39th & Final PGA victory at the Colonial Invitational

Tom Watson

1998 Colonial: Tom Watson wins for a final time

On this day, May 24th, 1998 Tom Watson shot a four-under-par 66 to capture the Colonial tournament by two shots over Jim Furyk. Watson had the shot of the day, setting up a birdie on the ninth hole with an awkward stance from a difficult lie.

Tied with Furyk at 13-under going to the par-four ninth hole, Watson put his drive against the lip of the left bunker 132 yards from the pin.He was unable to get a full stance with the ball, but used an eight-iron shot into the wind to land the ball 10 feet from the pin.He rolled in his birdie putt for a lead he never surrendered.

“The whole tournament boiled down to one shot,” Watson said.”That was the shot, that was the shot of the tournament for me.” Furyk bogeyed the 10th hole and birdied the 11th but never got closer than two shots to Watson on the back nine.

Following a birdie on the par-five 11th hole, Watson rolled along with seven straight pars. After tapping in a one-inch par putt on the 18th Watson had tears of joy rolling down his cheeks as he spoke to the crowd.

“At my age, you don’t know when you’re going to win again,” Watson, 48, said.”I’ve come close a couple of times, but actually not that close.I’ve been thinking about the Senior Tour and the older I get the tougher it is to win out here.”

This was Watson’s 22nd attempt at the Colonial, and his first victory. It was his first win since the 1996 Memorial and only his second PGA Tour victory since 1987.  Watson had started the day in a three-way tie for the lead with Furyk and Harrison Frazar.  Frazar, who regards Watson as one of his heroes, wound up fourth, five shots off the lead.  Watson finished at 15-under 265 while Furyk closed with a 68.

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