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Watson Recovering Well from Hip Replacement

October 21, 2008

Tom Watson reports that he is pain-free after hip-replacement surgery Oct. 2, and on schedule to return to the Champions Tour early next year. He says he's watching more baseball than golf on television--and learning more about the game than he ever knew.

"I'm getting around without any assistance--a bit stiff, but this too will pass," he says. "I'm a little weak to hit a golf ball yet."

Watson, a boyhood center fielder, is particularly intrigued following the baseball playoffs by announcers' advanced insights into matchups between pitchers and hitters and their relative strengths and weaknesses. He frequently attends Kansas City Royals games when at home on his farm in outlying Stillwell, Kan.

--Nick Seitz