Author CHRIS LEHOURITES, AP Games Writer
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) – Tiger Woods called it “history” and “favorite”. Jack Nicklaus called it a “magical place.”
Woods and Nicklaus are two of the best golfers the game has ever played, and each has won two British Open titles in St. Petersburg. Andrews – arguably the most popular golf course ever made.
Old Course will host the 150th Open Championship this year, making it a special event even for the Open golf course. As a result finding the right venue for the event will be difficult for the nearly 300,000 viewers who are expected this week on narrow and smooth connections so there is no viewing space between the courses.
With traditional links – outside and back – it means viewers can see from outside the border. There is no hole with fans lighting all over the fairway.
David Spence, a member of the Royal and Ancient club since 1991 who has been present at British Opens since 1969, said: “Background to the first green, because you can see the first, 18 and 17 green.” a good place to see. “
From there, you can see the players walking down from the first tee, which sits in front of the clubhouse. You also see players coming on the 17th – known as Road Hole, one of the toughest tests on golf.
Next, there is the start of the 18th hole, which completes the walk around the first room and in front of the two grandchildren with about 1,840 observers.
To see more and take action, Spence offered another idea.
“My favorite place to watch is the Loop behind the ninth green with 10 tee. You can see the seventh, eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th,” Spence said.
Nicklaus won three British Opens titles in his career, first at Muirfield in 1966 and then at the Old Course in 1970 and 1978. Woods also won three British Opens, with titles in 2000 and 2005 coming to St. Louis. Andrews. The third came in 2006 at Royal Liverpool.
They spent their time playing the course, however, not rushing to the spot to get a better look.
Although Spence, as a member of the club, has had a much easier time than most, working for many years as a runner or a competitive judge. But her experience makes her feel as close to an expert as you can get around town.
He was also at the training camp in 1995 when a player rushed to the green after John Daly won the title in front of the clubhouse – a small but sacred house where the first claret injection was closed.
“I have never seen it before,” said Spence, smiling angrily.
Regardless of what he did not see on the day 27 years ago, Spence also provided a third viewing experience for his fans this year, also avoiding mentioning the two main stands that occupy both sides of the clubhouse around 18 green and the first. according to about 4,000 spectators among them.
“Behind the 17-year-old green,” Spence said. “This is the same place as the one behind the first one. Very good last.”
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