British Open returns to home of golf

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:51 IST

British Open, golf's oldest major has always been more special than the other tournaments, returns to the home of the sport - St Andrews in Scotland.

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British Open, golf's oldest major has always been more special than the other tournaments, returns to the home of the sport - St Andrews in Scotland. It will also be Jack Nicklaus' final British Open. The golden bear was honoured with a bank note bearing his name by the Royal Bank of Scotland. It made him just the third living person whose figure appears on a British bank note. Happy hunting ground The 18-time major winner lifted two of his British Open titles at St Andrews. "I felt St Andrews, being the special place that it's been in my life, to end my career here is probably the most appropriate place to do so," Nicklaus said. Nicklaus is a favourite to make the cut, but world number one Tiger Woods is the favourite to win. His Open win in 2000 came with a score of 19 under par, which gave him an eight shot win. This year he won the Masters and finished second at the US Open. "Well I think I understand the lines. I understand where to play it, what to do out there, and now it's just a matter of doing it," said Woods. Woods's tally stands at just half of that of Nicklaus at nine majors, but that is no reason to count out the others.

Topics : Golf
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