Regardless of Watson's schedule, the Senior tour took heart from what happened at Ridgewood. "We had great galleries, which was fantastic considering the weather," said Nicklaus, who wound up in 12th place, 11 shots behind Watson. "I don't buy it when somebody tells me something's wrong with Senior golf."
Everything was right in Watson's world when he was presented the Bourne Trophy on Sunday evening. He has won eight majors on the regular Tour, but the PGA is the one big prize that has eluded him. Though he conceded that the Bourne was not the Wanamaker, Watson made it clear that his victory meant more to him than simply putting on a good show. When he spoke of his father, Raymond, who died last year, his voice quavered. "He probably had a lot to do with why I won today," Tom said. "I know he's up there saying, 'Son, you finally won it.' " Composing himself, Watson smiled and added, "He's also saying, 'Why the hell did you three-putt 14?' "