Three's the Charm
Tom Watson left no doubt about his desire to win a third consecutive Byron Nelson Classic in 1980. He opened the first round with birdies on two of his first three holes and later sank a 130-yard eight-iron for an eagle 2. Watson's 64 that day would help him lead from wire to wire and beat Bill Rogers by a stroke; he was the first PGA Tour player to win the same event three years running since Johnny Miller's triumphs at the Tucson Open from 1974 to '76. Watson so dominated his peers in 1980—six wins, a third British Open title and player of the year honors—that fans may have thought his three-feat elementary. But you needn't be Sherlock Holmes to deduce its difficulty. In fact, no one has three-peated on Tour since. Should Ernie Els fall short in a bid for his third straight Buick Classic title this week, the Big Easy will know how hard three can be.