AUGUSTA, Ga. — As he marched up the big hill and toward the 18th green here at Augusta National, here at his 43rd and final Masters, 66-year-old Tom Watson took off his cap and waved it in acknowledgement of the cheers and adoration and thanks coming at him in waves. He was side by side with his caddie, Neil Oxman, tearing up at all the walks they've made together.
Oh man did the gallery here love this. Golf lives for tradition and timeless sentimentality and an old champ, an old great taking a final goodbye walk tends to stir up the soul. Watson was at 8-over, sure to miss the cut, but after saying he wouldn't competitively play here again, it didn't matter.
A hero's farewell he would get.
"It was special," Watson said.
Eventually Watson would get to the green and start clapping back to the fans. Once it got quiet he damn near drained a looping 66-footer for birdie and the place lost it again.
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