1980: Tom Watson wins the Greater New Orleans Open over Lee Trevino by 2 strokes

Tom Watson

Red Hot Tom Watson adds another win to the list

On this day, In 1980 Tom Watson won the Greater New Orleans Open by skidding to the finish line.  He started the even with three crisp rounds of 66, 68, & 66.  He looked to be on track to run away with it but pressure set in, and it was a battle for Watson to hold on to this one.  He ended up shooting a final round, 73 for a total of 273 over the 7,080 yard Lakewood Country Club layout.  Lee Trevino, who shot a closing round of 69, was the closest to catching Watson.

This was Watson’s 20th career win and his 4th of 7 wins on the PGA Tour in 1980 alone.  He closed the 1980 season by winning The Open in July at Muirfield ironically beating Trevino again, then the World Series of Golf in August. Watson won $45,000 for this event and would go one to win The Player of the Year and Top Money Winner in 1980.

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