|Full name||Brian Peter Watts|
|Born||March 18, 1966|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||95 kg (209 lb; 15.0 st)|
|College||Oklahoma State University|
|Former tour(s)||Japan Golf Tour|
Asia Golf Circuit
|Highest ranking||18 (January 3, 1999)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Japan Golf Tour||12|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T31: 1999|
|PGA Championship||T41: 1999|
|U.S. Open||T23: 1999|
|The Open Championship||2nd: 1998|
|Achievements and awards|
Brian Peter Watts (born March 18, 1966) is an American professional golfer
Watts was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to European parents, but is now a U.S. citizen who lives in Texas. He played college golf at Oklahoma State and won the NCAA Division I Championship in 1987 and was a member of the team that won the 1987 NCAA Division I Team Championship. He also won the 1986 Big 8 Conference Championship and the 1985 and 1987 Morris Williams Intercollegiate (tied Ben Crenshaw's scoring record in '85) as part of his 7 collegiate wins. Only Lindy Miller, Scott Verplank and Willie Wood have more college wins in OSU's long successful golf history. Watts was a four-time All-American (two-time first team and two-time second team) and a 1987 runner-up for the Fred Haskins award. Only Watts and Tom Jones are credited for never shooting a score in the 80s while at OSU. Watts won the 1984 Texas State 5A High School Championship and added the prestigious A.J.G.A. Player of the Year honors later that year. As a 15 year old, once shot a 59 (−13) at his home course Brookhaven C.C. Presidents Course.
Watts turned professional in 1988. During the 1990s, he played mainly on the Japan Golf Tour, having gained his card via the Asia Golf Circuit, where he topped the Order of Merit in 1993. During his six seasons on the Japan Golf Tour from 1993 to 1998 he had 12 tournament victories and 12 runner-up finishes, amassing 63 top-10s in 124 events. When he left the tour he was the second all-time foreign money leader (593 million yen) to David Ishii. Only foreign players to have won more events were Ishii and Graham Marsh when Watts left for the PGA Tour in late 1998. His biggest victories in Japan were the 1994 Bridgestone Open where he defeated then World Number 1 Nick Price on the final day and the 1998 Casio World Open where then World Number 1 Tiger Woods was making his Japan Golf Tour debut. His first professional win was at the 1993 Hong Kong Open. However, he is best known for his performance at The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in 1998, where he lost in the playoff to Mark O'Meara. He had a two stroke lead entering the final round and shot 70. On the 72nd hole Watts faced a bunker shot where his right leg was out of the bunker and he nearly holed it from 45 feet. After making the 1 foot par putt on the final hole Watts failed to make two short birdie putts on the first two playoff holes and ended up losing by two shots in the four hole playoff. This performance helped earn Watts a PGA Tour card and by the end of the year he reached the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking.
In a successful 1999 season on the PGA Tour he finished 57th on the money list, including 26th in scoring average. He was one of a handful of players to make the cut in all four major championships and the Players Championship but his career was ended soon afterwards due to injuries.
Following a number of poor seasons, Watts has played little competitive golf since 2005 while rehabilitating from hip, knee, foot, and back injuries.
this list may be incomplete
Professional wins (13)
Japan Golf Tour wins (12)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Apr 3, 1994||Descente Classic||−8 (67-71-69-73=280)||3 strokes|| Hisao Inoue, Hideki Kase,|
Frankie Miñoza, Tsukasa Watanabe
|2||Jun 26, 1994||Mizuno Open||−8 (68-68-73-71=280)||Playoff|| Eduardo Herrera, Yoshinori Kaneko,|
|3||Aug 28, 1994||Hisamitsu-KBC Augusta||−17 (66-67-71-67=271)||2 strokes||Masashi Ozaki|
|4||Oct 23, 1994||Bridgestone Open||−14 (68-67-67-72=274)||3 strokes||Mark Calcavecchia|
|5||Oct 30, 1994||Philip Morris Championship||−12 (71-66-71-68=276)||1 stroke|| Masashi Ozaki, Naomichi Ozaki,|
|6||Mar 19, 1995||Dydo Drinco Shizuoka Open||−8 (69-72-71-68=280)||2 strokes||Shigeki Maruyama|
|7||Jun 25, 1995||Mizuno Open (2)||−15 (71-65-66-71=273)||3 strokes||Rick Gibson|
|8||May 5, 1996||Fujisankei Classic||−12 (66-67-71-68=272)||Playoff||Todd Hamilton|
|9||Jun 29, 1997||Mizuno Open (3)||−10 (69-69-71-69=278)||2 strokes||Toshimitsu Izawa|
|10||Nov 2, 1997||Philip Morris Championship (2)||−8 (70-73-67-70=280)||2 strokes||Kaname Yokoo|
|11||Jun 21, 1998||Yomiuri Open||−10 (66-68=134)*||1 stroke||Kaname Yokoo|
|12||Nov 29, 1998||Casio World Open||−14 (69-70-67-68=274)||Playoff||Toshimitsu Izawa|
*Note: The 1998 Yomiuri Open was shortened to 36 holes due to rain.
Japan Golf Tour playoff record (3–2)
|1||1994||Mizuno Open|| Eduardo Herrera, Yoshinori Kaneko,
|Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|2||1995||PGA Philanthropy Tournament||Katsunari Takahashi, Kazuhiro Takami||Takami won with birdie on first extra hole|
|3||1996||Fujisankei Classic||Todd Hamilton||Won with par on second extra hole|
|4||1997||Tokai Classic||Brandt Jobe||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|5||1998||Casio World Open||Toshimitsu Izawa||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
Asia Golf Circuit wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Feb 14, 1993||Hong Kong Open||−10 (63-69-68-74=274)||1 stroke||Chen Tze-chung|
PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||1998||The Open Championship||Mark O'Meara||Lost four-hole aggregate playoff;|
O'Meara: −1 (4-4-5-4=17),
Watts: +1 (5-4-5-5=19)
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||CUT||T55||T40||CUT||CUT||2||T24|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
|The Open Championship||0||1||0||1||1||2||7||4|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (1998 Open Championship – 1999 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1
Results in The Players Championship
|The Players Championship||T37||T38||T73||CUT|
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Results in World Golf Championships
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
- 1990 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates
- 2002 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates
- List of golfers with most Japan Golf Tour wins
- "Week 1 1999 Ending 3 Jan 1999" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
- "Second best not so bad for Brian Watts". Golf Today. Archived from the original on October 14, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
- Harig, Bob (July 11, 2008). "Injuries derailed Watts after losing '98 British Open playoff". ESPN. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
- "International results – Golf – Asian Circuit final top ten". The Canberra Times. Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 26 April 1993. p. 22. Retrieved 19 February 2020 – via Trove.
- "O'Meara wins Open thriller". BBC News. July 19, 1998. Retrieved June 27, 2013.