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New Past Champions event at St Andrews

John Daly shows off the Claret Jug after his 1995 win - he'll be taking part in this new competition. Allsport.

Past Open champions are to take part in a unique event to mark the first St Andrews Open of the new millennium. Invitations have gone out to all 27 living champions to participate in a four-hole event over the opening and closing holes of the Old Course on the eve of this year’s championship.

From Sam Snead in 1946 to defending champion Paul Lawrie, these past champions hold 46 Open titles between them. The event will comprise a semi-competitive format and will take place at 4.30 pm on Wednesday, July 19 - the final practice day before the championship begins.

Commenting on the announcement of the Past Champions event, R&A Secretary Peter Dawson said: “The R&A feels that a few holes over the Old Course is a fitting way to allow the public to be part of a celebration on the Open Championship in this special year and to honour players who have contributed so much to the game.

“We are certain that a large turnout of champions will contribute to what should be a wonderful spectacle.”

BBC Television will be covering the event live and normal ticket prices will apply - £18 for adults, £9 for senior citizens and £8 for youths between the ages of 16-21.

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