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Tom Watson reportedly in private talk with Florence County Council

May 18, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – A golfing great reportedly had a tee time Thursday morning with the Florence County Council.

Tom Watson, the winner of eight major golf championships, reportedly spoke to the Florence County Council in a lengthy executive session during the council’s monthly meeting.

It is not known what Watson spoke to the council about.

However, Watson is a famed designer of golf courses in the United States, Ireland and Japan. His company is known as Tom Watson Design. In South Carolina, he was the designer of the Cassique course on Kiawah Island and the First Tee course in Spartanburg.

After the council returned from executive session, County Attorney D. Malloy McEachin read the title of an ordinance for the county to issue up to $7.5 million in bonds. Under the county code, the reading of the title counts as one of three readings the council must have in order to enact the ordinance as county law.

The second reading of the ordinance probably will be held at the June meeting of the council. That meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. on June 20.

Watson, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, played events on the PGA Tour from 1972-2014. He won 70 events on the tour, including the Masters in 1977 and 1981, the U.S. Open in 1982 and The Open Championship in 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982 and 1983. He is currently a member of the Champions Tour, where he has won six major championships including the Senior PGA Championship in 2001 and 2011, the Senior U.S. Open championship in 2003, 2005, and 2011 and the Tradition in 2003.