Lutz, Florida: Tom Watson won the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am for his first professional victory in Florida, closing with a 1-under 70 in cold and windy conditions for a one-stroke margin over Jay Haas and Andy Bean on Sunday. The round was played in temperatures below 10 degree Celcius, with 48-kph gusts. Six players, including Watson, started play at 7:30 am local time to complete their second rounds after darkness suspended play on Saturday. Watson, the five-time British Open champion who entered the week winless in 93 pro events in Florida, birdied the final hole in the second round shortly after frost cleared on the TPC Tampa Bay course to pull within a stroke of the lead. "I guess after all I've played in Florida it has just never been cold enough," Watson said. "It took Kansas City weather to make it happen." Watson had to wait around after playing the 18th early in the morning and said he was feeling the effects of the cold. "I was so tired, but it was so cold that I woke up really quickly," Watson said. "I've never been this cold, even at the British Open." Watson finished at 4-under 209 and earned 240,000 dollars for his ninth career Champions Tour title. Haas shot a 69, and Bean closed with a 72.
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