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Master Tom Watson is bowing out

By Andy Hampson

Tom Watson revealed he would play the Masters for the final time next year as he prepared for his last appearance at the major that principally defines him.

The 65-year-old has won the Open Championship five times and is expecting to bid an emotional farewell at St Andrews this week.

Watson concedes he can no longer hold his own against the world's best and that realisation has also prompted him to end his playing association at Augusta National, where he has won twice, after 2016.

The American said: "Next year's Masters is going to be my last Masters. I am not going to play any more after that. Even though I will be eligible to play, I won't play.

"The golf course is too big for me, and with my declining skills and length, I won't be playing that.

"As I said a few weeks ago, the toolbox is kind of half empty with the tools I used to be able to play good golf. Those tools are missing right now or pretty rusty - rusty like me. That's kind of where I am."

He added: "Now it's time for my final Open Championship here at St Andrews. This will be it. I kind of just hope that I make it to Sunday. When you get to that position in your career, then it's really time to hang them up."

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