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Tom Watson takes a shot at Pres. Obama at Masters function

Apr 9, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

Tom Watson, a conservative Republican who counts Rush Limbaugh as a close friend, couldn’t help himself while accepting an award at a Masters awards dinner function on Thursday night. Bob Carney of Golf Digest writes:

Conservative Tom Watson, who shared the Ben Hogan comeback-from-injury award with Ken Green, began by saying, “I feel like President Obama accepting the Nobel Peace Prize. He actually said, ‘I’m undeserving of this award.’ And I believed him.” (applause).

Should the Masters be a place for politics? Isn’t the conservative, good-ole-boy image something that Augusta National is trying to avoid? Just asking.


How conservative is Watson? Consider this Sports Illustrated piece from 1995:

Watson’s older brother, Ridge, general manager of a winery in Carmel Valley, Calif., is a former Peace Corps volunteer with a Thai wife and a view of the world that he describes as more “anarchic” than Tom’s. His younger brother, John Marshall, is a New York interior designer and former actor who gleefully baits his brother on visits home. “The first thing we do at the airport is get in Tom’s four-wheel-drive and argue,” says John. “Which appalls the rest of the family, but it’s fun.” Even Linda, who was Tom’s childhood sweetheart, rolls her eyes over the ideological gap in her marriage. “Yes, he does listen to Rush Limbaugh,” she says playfully. “There’s a big group of players who do, and I laugh at them all.”

Tom and Linda Watson were divorced in 1998.
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Awards night: Tiger eats media’s salad [Golf Digest]
Masters live blog [New York Daily News]

  1. celery56 - Apr 10, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    It’s mentioned often that Watson has a degree in Psychology- apparently it’s an honorary one if he likes Limbaugh. Psychology and righties have nothing in common except that most righties need psychological treatment. I hope Watson never wins again. He does have that oddball righty look about him.

  2. celery56 - Apr 10, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    It’s not beyond a righty to pretend he’s black to make a point- well I think the point is at the top of your head whitey.

  3. KJ - Apr 10, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Saying Rush Limbaugh is popular because he tells “the truth” is like saying ‘The Dukes Of Hazard’ was popular because it was so artful crafted and well-written. It’s a laughable argument. Just as sex sells, so does meanness and hate. Rush is popular because mediocre dittoheads want to hate everybody smarter or well-informed than them. Glenn Beck is popular because (by his own admission) he’s a “rodeo clown”. The truth is often unpopular and lands you in jail or gulags or worse. Limbaugh and Beck are among the most under-educated people on the airwaves. You want to see some truth? Watch Jon Stewart or Rachel Maddow just play clips of Sean Hannity’s own words, or Tom Coburn or JOHN BOLTON. You see the truth comes from a reasoned argument. And there’s plenty of valid conservative or right wing points to be made. It’s dishonest to say the other “side” is always wrong or has no point. Limbaugh and Beck are laughing all the way to the bailed out banks (caused by both Repubs and Dems).

  4. Matt Steward - Apr 10, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Funny how frustrated or worried you are about Tom Watson’s thoughts that clearly don’t match yours. Since when is it not appropriate to state what you feel or believe in America. Seems like too many of my fellow American’s are becoming a bunch of wimps. This golfer has more balls than you do. He isn’t worried about what you think and I’d venture to say, like most men, he would say that you have a right to your opinion as well and wouldn’t waste his time blogging about how wrong your are. And by the way… If you are not already, let’s see you play a sport like Tom Watson when you are 60. Won’t happen unless you are a good athlete.

  5. Rev T - Apr 10, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Seems sad blacks hide behind the race card every time any “white folks” simply are giving an opinion(everyone has ONE). You have an opinion which is RACIST but I like others out there could care less what you think…You sound as if you are not educated to the fact this world will not change, especially when the biracial US president sticks his foot in his mouth on ‘race’ issues every other month. Sports are for entertainment, not politics. Tom Watson is a sports entertainer with his own agenda, just like Tiger! GET a life and make a difference in a good way…

  6. mike - Apr 10, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Your 100% correct, hate is the way too go.

  7. smokehouse - Apr 10, 2010 at 5:05 PM

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  8. accelerate - Apr 10, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    smokehouse you are an idiot. You are full of rancid smoke and hate. Why do you broad brush an entire race of people by saying blacks should get a job and education? Why do you assume Dems and blacks are free loaders and looking for handouts? No smokeidiot the fact is they are Americans who I would say 90% have jobs and work just as hard and probably harder then your redneck cowardly hate infested orifice. By the way
    Tom Watson has a right to say want he wants. He happens to be wrong in my opinion but he has a right.

  9. oldgunslingerfan - Apr 10, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    You are so right about that uneducated bigot. With attitudes like that he is still trapped in a 50’s mentality. Pity the fool.

  10. Paul in KY - Apr 13, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Pres. Obama has alot of class. Tom Watson doesn’t (and I believe it).

  11. Jeff - Aug 10, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    Free speech is a wonderful thing to liberals when they are exercising it. They seem to have difficulty with the concept that others have an equal right to exercise theirs. Another common thread you notice is liberals often choose to resort to ad hominem attacks. How about a discussion of ideas instead of the same old garbage?