Tom Watson honoured by 16th hole plaque and flag

Tom Watson (USA) presented a gift of a framed pin flag commemorating the 40th anniversary of his first Open Championship win in 1975 from Carnoustie Golf Links,  ahead of the 144th Open, played at the Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland. /15/07/2015/. Picture: Golffile | David Lloyd''All photos usage must carry mandatory copyright credit (� Golffile | David Lloyd)

Tom Watson (USA) presented a gift of a framed pin flag commemorating the 40th anniversary of his first Open Championship win in 1975 from Carnoustie Golf Links, ahead of the 144th Open, played at the Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland. /15/07/2015/. Picture: Golffile | David Lloyd''All photos usage must carry mandatory copyright credit (� Golffile | David Lloyd)

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Veteran golfer Tom Watson was presented with a framed flag of the 16th hole at Carnoustie to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his Open victory.

Pat Sawyer and Linda Gordon are pictured handing the flag over to Tom, who bid an emotional farewell to the tournament in St Andrews last week on the anniversary of his maiden victory at Carnoustie in 1975.

The presentation was made just before the American went out to play in the former champions’ four-hole Tournament.

He was also handed a sprig of heather, which is what he was given in 1975, although on that occasion it proved to be luckier than this year.

A bronze plaque will also adorn the 16th tee of The Championship course as a permanent memento of his 1975 victory, a small reminder of one of the game’s great players and his contribution to local golf.