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Watson gets U.S. Open exemption

Updated: April 15, 2010, 1:47 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Tom Watson, who won the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and contended for much of last week's Masters, will play in this year's U.S. Open thanks to a special exemption from the United States Golf Association.

Watson has played in the previous four U.S. Opens held at Pebble Beach -- in 1972, '82, '82 and 2000. He hasn't played in the U.S. Open since 2003, when he led after 18 holes before finishing tied for 28th.

"I am deeply grateful to the USGA for extending me the invitation ...

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