Tom Watson was greeted with Open arms by caddie Bruce Edwards after winning the 1982 title on the 18th at Pebble Beach. A hole earlier, surveying a tougher-than-tough 16-foot chip from the rough, Edwards had told his boss, "Get it close." "I'm not gonna get it close," Watson replied. "I'm gonna make it." And he did. Elementary, my dear caddie. Watson's first-ever U.S. Open win—his sixth major title—foreshadowed the British open championship, his fourth, that would come a month later. But on the whole, golf's biggest were its biggest. Craig Stadler, the Walrus, topped the money list, strained the stitches on the 1982 Masters blazer and won three other tour events. And Big Momma, otherwise known as JoAnne Carner, outearned all the women, winning five tournaments including three straight in the dog days of late summer. Bob Gilder came out of nowhere to ring up three tour victories, the most memorable being the Westchester, in which he scored a double eagle on the par-5 18th, and iron man Calvin Peete won four events while leading the tour in both driving accuracy and hitting greens in regulation. A 38-year-old insurance agent, Jay Sigel, became the club champions' champion by defeating a field of college-age apprentice pros for the U.S. Amateur title. Remarkably, Juli Inkster won the Women's Amateur for the third year in a row, the first such triple by a woman since '32-34.
Watson (miming a swing) found open season in the U.S. and Scotland.
After taking the TPC at Sawgrass, Jerry Pate tried one last stroke.
Winning the PGA, Ray Floyd got more than pennies from heaven.
February 16, 1983
The Masters went up in smoke for Dan Pohl when he lost...
...on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to Stadler.
Go, Big Momma! Carner's homestretch cooking included three straight wins.