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The Open: Champions toast 150th anniversary

All the ex-winners of The Open taking part in the Champions Challenge on Wednesday afternoon are to receive the Freedom of St Andrews Links.

The four-hole event is being held to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first Open and 25 former holders of the title are taking part.

They and five-time champion Peter Thomson, who is non-playing captain of one of the teams, will be presented with certificates and bag tags entitling them to play seven courses at the Home of Golf.

Links Trust chairman Peter Forster said: “We are celebrating this wonderful heritage and the close bonds between the championship and the Old Course at St Andrews Links by conferring this honour on the champions.”

Belfast Telegraph