While The Open returning the St Andrews Old Course is reason enough to be excited about the 3rd major championship of 2015, another contest will take place this year which any true golf fan simply cannot miss.
The Champion Golfers’ Challenge will be staged on the eve of the 144th Open Championship and will see legends of the game pair up with their modern contemporaries in a four hole challenge, the winners of which will receive a handsome £50,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.
The field for this exciting event reads like a who’s who of greats of the game.
Tom Watson and Peter Thompson have won five Open Championships a piece and they will be joined by triple Open Champions Gary Player, Sir Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods, as well as a whole host of more recent champions such as John Daly, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Louis Oosthuizen.
A strong Irish contingent will also take to the fairways in the event with two-time champ Padraig Harrington, defending champ Rory McIlroy and Your Golf Travel’s very own Darren Clarke set to tee it up in the event as well.
Looking forward to St Andrews? We are! And the Champion Golfers’ Challenge will no doubt kick it off in style!
The event will take place on Wednesday 15th July, on the eve of the tournament proper, and players will take on the opening two holes on the Old Course, before heading to the 17th tee to tackle the notorious Road Hole and then finally making their way up the iconic final hole, back towards the famous R&A Clubhouse.
Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of the R&A said of the event, “We are looking forward to a wonderful celebration of the rich heritage of the Open.”
The event will also be used to pay tribute to Australia’s Kel Nagle, who won the Centenary Open at St Andrews in 1960. Nagle sadly passed away in January at the age of 94.
Players will divide into groups of three of four, with the best individual score on each hole counting towards the team score.
Set for 3.30pm on Wednesday 15th July, the Champion Golfers’ Challenge will kick off with a musical performance in the centre of the 1st and 18th fairways, with the first tee time 30 minutes later at 4pm.
Let’s face it; when Open week arrives all of us golf fans will be chomping at the bit for the action to get going so it’s just as well this fascinating event will be shown on TheOpen.com (don’t blame us when you get busted watching it at your work desk!), through the official Open app and on the BBC too!