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.”
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