Denis Watson

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The second of the Pro Ams wrapped up this afternoon, and that means it's just about time to tee it up for real. You know, there are so many great stories involved with this tourney, and certainly one of them is the story of Denis Watson.

Back in 1984 Watson seemed like a rising star, winning three times on the PGA Tour. Then for a variety of reasons, including injuries, he fell out of sight, eventually dropping down to the Nationwide Tour.

In 05 he Turned 50, joined the Champions Tour, and after a great deal of work was competitive again, and last week Watson broke through winning the senior PGA at Kiawah.

"So great, not worry about all those things are fabulous, winning validates a career; trying to get there."

It's funny, going 22 years between victories and Watson's worried some people may not realize just how much work was involved in getting back to where he is.

"Ben Hogan always said the answers in the dirt. I've moved a lot of dirt with my club and found some answers in the past five or six months here."

And then there's the reaction Denis is getting from his peers.

"Fabulous, a lot of appreciation; understand what it's like to be hurt and come back and be successful."

Watson is a guy to cheer for. He tees off at 10:23 tomorrow. First tee times at 8.