As Stewart Cink hoisted aloft the Claret Jug at Turnberry after winning the British Open, golfing legend Seve Ballesteros announced he would return to competitive golf in the 2010 Open at St. Andrews, Fife. Ballesteros had previously retired from competing in 2007, prior to the The Open at Carnoustie as a result of constant back trouble.
Ballesteros, who has undergone a long, slow recovery process since four surgeries on a brain tumour declared he would love to return to the game at St. Andrews – the scene of his 1984 Open triumph.
Despite his health problems, Seve would be eligible to play in the 2010 British Open due to him being a past winner of the tournament, and his appearance at St. Andrews would undoubtedly help swell both the galleries and the Open coffers by helping to boost St. Andrews ticket sales and purchases by enthusiastic spectators wishing to catch a glimpse of the charismatic golf icon.
In addition, the 2010 renewal of the British Open will also likely be the Open swansong of Tom Watson, who at 59 narrowly failed to become the tournament’s oldest winner when he lost to Cink in a 4-hole playoff. Unless Watson qualifies for future Opens by other means, 2010 will be his last appearance in the major.
Both factors are sure to ensure a bumper crowd at St. Andrews next July and Open spectator packages, including tickets and accommodation for the major tournament are sure to be popular as spectators and well wishers gather to watch two of the game’s great players make emotional appearances at what could well be the final Open appearance for both players.
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