I grew up in Kansas City idolizing Tom Watson who, along with George Brett, is the biggest name in K.C. sports history. But even I couldn’t force down Watson recently letting the “cat out of the bag” about Tiger Woods.
(Watson: Divorce then marriage 20 mos. later to ex-wife of PGA player)
Apparently Watson has a very, very short memory about his own personal life.
In December, 1997, Linda Watson, Tom’s wife of 25 years, left him.
In August, 1999, Golf Digest reported:
(Longtime Watson friend since childhood) David Wysong saw the Watsons’ marriage in trouble. “Linda gave Tom all her support, because she’s a generous, giving person. But you have to grow together or you grow apart. I guess they grew apart, and I blame the profession.” (Linda Watson said she had no comment for this story.)
Golf Digest reported that in the aftermath of Watson’s divorce, his teenage children had cut him off, “the divorce has put the children all but out of his reach.”
So Watson’s wife of 25 years, who had been with him since high school, files for divorce. His kids cut him off. Less than two years later, Watson is married to a woman who had just left another PGA Tour player.
So how did Watson handle that suspicious series of events in public? Exactly like Woods. He didn’t handle it at all.