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The five-time major champion said the experience "means as much to me as some of the wins at this point in my career.
"Even though you might say I'm long in the tooth, I said to myself that I can play that golf course," Watson said.
Now, he heads for Crooked Stick, Ind., for this week's U.S. Senior Open Championship. John Daly broke through on that course to win the 1991 USPGA title.
"I'll have to relearn the golf course because I don't remember much about it," Watson said. "The main thing I'm concerned about is lack of preparation. I'll probably play it conservatively the first couple of rounds, and watch how people play it and see if I can stay in there.
"I'm hitting the ball well enough that I think I'll be in there. And if the putting works out, then it would be good."
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