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New stars and past champions in strong Open entry

The strong showing by Luke Donald in his first appearance at the US Masters at Augusta has ensured that he will attract a lot of home support in The Open at St Andrews in July. He finished joint third with Retief Goosen behind Tiger Woods and Chris DiMarco and heads a growing band of young British professionals with the potential to win the Majors.

The entry for this year's Open at St Andrews already includes 12 past champions, from Tony Jacklin, the winner in 1969, to Ben Curtis, who claimed the title at Royal St George's two years ago. Tiger Woods, the champion by eight shots when The Open was last played at St Andrews in 2000, has also entered. Find out the other 10 past winners on opengolf.com and keep up-to-date with new entries as they are received at R&A headquarters in St Andrews.

There's also news of those players who booked their place at St Andrews in the International Final Qualifying event in Kuala Lumpur, including the first Malaysian to play in The Open.

And for those who plan to be there in person on the Old Course to watch the world's greatest players in the oldest championship, there are just a few days left to obtain season tickets at the discounted price of £145. All the details of ticket prices, travel arrangements and accommodation advice are on opengolf.com

On a sad note, there is a look at the career of 1951 Open champion Max Faulkner, who has died at the age of 88. He was a flamboyant character who played in exotic outfits in the fifties and sixties that rivalled anything Doug Sanders and Ian Poulter have since worn. Max was part of the history of the Championship that is told in depth on opengolf.com

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