Dublin: Eight-times major winner Tom Watson has been selected as the honoree of next year`s Memorial tournament, organisers said on Sunday.
Watson, a long-time friend of tournament host Jack Nicklaus, won the Memorial title in 1979 and 1996.
His 1996 victory featured a second-round 69 at Muirfield Village in cold and blustery conditions which he described as "one of the best, most satisfying rounds I`ve ever played".
Watson was also a rival of Nicklaus on the golf course and their names will forever be linked by their unforgettable `Duel in the Sun` in the 1977 British Open at Turnberry.
The American duo memorably duelled for the coveted claret jug while playing together for the last two rounds. Watson shot 65-65 to edge Nicklaus, who carded 65-66, by one stroke.
Remarkably, Watson came agonisingly close to winning a sixth British Open title at Turnberry in 2009 when, aged 59, he lost a four-hole playoff to compatriot Stewart Cink.