...and he deserves our thanks.
From the Boston Globe --
Theirs was a union that delivered cheers and tears. Edwards, a Connecticut native, was on the job for all five of Watson's British Open victories, and he was the one Watson pointed to after he chipped in on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach, breaking a late tie with Jack Nicklaus at the 1982 US Open. Edwards was also still at work in 2003, months after he had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. At that year's US Open, the 53-year-old Watson turned back the clock, shot 65, and charged to the first-round lead, with Edwards, overcome with emotion and starting to look frail, soaking up the adulation the two had enjoyed on so many other occasions. It was the two of them the crowds were cheering for, not just Watson. ALS took Edwards's life in April 2004, just before Watson was to start the first round of the Masters. He was only 49.
"The thing I'll remember most about him is the courage with which he died," Watson said. "He knew he was going to die, but he had the courage to face it. 'Carry on,' he'd always say. Those were his two favorite words."