Open champion of Britain and the United States, 26-year-old Tony Jacklin drives off on the Old Course at St.
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MV Bob Charles (N.Z.) putting with Tommy Aaron
MV Doug Sanders drives off
MV Arnold Palmer drives off
MV Gary Player drives off
LV Jack Nicklaus surrounded by crowd drives off
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Background: Open champion of Britain and the United States, 26-year-old Tony Jacklin drives off on the Old Course at St. Andrews today (July 8) to defend his title against the world's top golf stars.
Yesterday (July 7) the contenders for the title lined up for practice. Jacklin, who had practised earlier took the day off to rest.
Tipped as the most likely contender to take Jacklin's title is Jack Nicklaus, with Gary Player and Bruce Devlin his most dangerous rivals. At practice Nicklaus said he feels his game is more capable of winning than it has been for the last two years.
Also fighting for the title will be Australia's Peter Thomson, America's Billy Casper, New Zealand left-hander Bob Charles, veteran Arnold Palmer, and top-ranking U.S. golfer Doug Sanders. All top title holders, they'll be doing their best to wrest the title from Tony Jacklin on the hazardous St. Andrews course.
134 golfers have entered the British Open, but the dominant factor is not the number of players but the historic Old Course. Winning the Open title is one thing, winning it at St. Andrews is something else again.