NEW YORK, April 13 Tom Watson will play the U.S.
Open for the first time in seven years after accepting a special
exemption to take part in the 2010 championship at Pebble Beach.
The 60-year-old American has competed at the four previous
U.S. Opens held at Pebble Beach, California, winning the title
in 1982, and agreed to return after the United States Golf
Association (USGA) granted him an exemption from qualifying.
"I am deeply grateful to the USGA for extending me the
invitation to play in the U.S. Open at one of my favorite golf
courses in the world," Watson said in a statement released by
the USGA on Tuesday.
Watson has won eight major championships and came
agonisingly close to adding a ninth when he finished runner-up
at last year's British Open. The U.S. Open starts on June 17.
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