Watson has made his mark on golf as a player, teacher, club pro and businessman. He was an NAIA All-American at High Point University. Electing to become a club professional instead of a PGA player, Watson was the head pro at courses in Lexington and Cary. He won the 1969 North Carolina Open and the 1976 Carolinas PGA titles. His best-known win came in 1974, when he won the National PGA Club Pro championship in a sudden-death playoff over all-time great Sam Snead at Pinehurst No. 2; he repeated as champion in 1975. Over the years, he has founded several partnerships and developed many golf courses in North Carolina.