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Degree honours for champion golfers

Three world-class golfers are to be given honorary degrees by a top university.

Padraig Harrington, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson will receive a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of St Andrews in recognition of their achievements in the sport.

Ireland's Harrington, who turned professional in 1995, won the Open Championship in 2007 at Carnoustie.

In 2008 he successfully defended his Open title at Royal Birkdale, and then followed up by winning the USPGA Championship in the same year.

Harrington became the first European to retain the Open claret jug at Royal Birkdale since James Braid in 1906.

Americans Watson and Palmer amassed a number of British and US Open wins during their careers.

The degrees will be presented by university chancellor Sir Menzies Campbell.

University principal Louise Richardson said: "Individually and collectively, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Padraig Harrington exemplify excellence, drive and achievement at the highest levels of professional sport.

"This will be an opportunity for St Andrews and Scotland to honour their determination and achievement in the game of golf and the pursuit of excellence."

St Andrews is hosting this year's British Open, which gets under way on Thursday.

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