Tom Watson has presented his five claret jugs and winner’s gold medals to St Andrews as part of a special exhibition in his honour at the expanded British Golf Museum.
The four-month exhibition opens to the public later this month and is expected to attract thousands of visitors in the run-up to and during the 144th Open this year at the home of golf.
The special exhibition will feature all five of Tom Watson’s Claret Jug trophies and winner’s gold medals alongside important artifacts such as the putter he used in 1975 when he was crowned the Champion Golfer of the Year for the first time at Carnoustie.
Speaking in St Andrews, the golfing legend said: “As this will be my last walk over the Swilcan Bridge in an Open Championship this year, I will have so many wonderful Open experiences to remember.
“I am so very grateful for all the years I have been able to compete and the success I have had in The Open.
“I hope those who visit the British Golf Museum will enjoy viewing the claret jugs and gold medals which reflect my five victories.”
Graeme Simmers, chairman of the British Golf Museum, said: “Tom Watson is one of the finest golfers of the modern era and a firm favourite with British golf fans.
“It is fitting that the focal point of our newly expanded British Golf Museum is a special exhibition dedicated to celebrating the career of a special Open Champion.”
Admission to the museum is free for Open ticket holders throughout the event.