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Tom Watson’s final Open honoured in #HatsOffToTom tribute

MasterCard leads tribute to five-time Open champion at St Andrewsofficial-patron1

Tom Watson’s remarkable career in golf was celebrated at The Open today as MasterCard paid tribute to the US golfer with the #HatsOffToTom campaign.

Tom Watson with MasterCard CMO Raja Rajamannar

Tom Watson with MasterCard CMO Raja Rajamannar

MasterCard, an Official Patron of The Open, called on fans and fellow players to show their appreciation for Watson’s incredible achievements by tweeting their personal tributes to him using #HatsOffToTom.

It is customary for golfers to remove their cap in appreciation of the crowd’s support when walking towards the 18th green at the end of their round. This time it was fans’ turn to do the same, in appreciation of Watson’s magnificent career at The Open, as he crossed the famous Swilcan Bridge at the home of golf.

In what is his 38th and final Open appearance, Watson, a MasterCard ambassador for the past 19 years, was also be honoured at a special event hosted at the MasterCard Clubhouse to relive his magic moments and memories.

The 65-year-old has won the Claret Jug five times during 40 years of playing at The Open. He famously won the prestigious trophy in his first ever Open appearance in 1975. He went on to win the Claret Jug four more times. His total of eight Major championships ranks him sixth on the all-time list behind fellow legends of the game Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tiger Woods and Walter Hagen.

To share a personal tribute to Tom Watson, tweet your message to @MasterCardUK using the hashtag #HatsOffToTom.

#HatsOffToTom - fans at The Open salute Watson

#HatsOffToTom – fans at The Open salute Watson