Top-earning American golfer Jack Nicklaus starts the third leg of his historic Grand Slam tomorrow (Wednesday) when the British Open Champion-ship tees off at Muirfield, Scotland.
GV Bruce Devlin drives
SCU Bob Charles signs autograph & tee up (2 shots)
GV Charles warming up
SV PULL OUT Lee Trevino teeing-up
SV Arnold Palmer walking on green
SV & CU Kel Nagle warming up
SV Palmer teeing-up
GV Jacklin driving off
SV & GV Peter Thomson(Australia) driving off
GV Nicklaus on green
SV Nicklaus with caddie
Devlin driving; Bob Charles signing autograph; Trevino teeing up; Palmer; Jacklin driving off; Nicklaus.
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Background: Top-earning American golfer Jack Nicklaus starts the third leg of his historic Grand Slam tomorrow (Wednesday) when the British Open Champion-ship tees off at Muirfield, Scotland.
Nicklaus, 9-4 favourite to win, was out practising today after recovering from a stiff neck which caused him to loss one day of practice.
The Open promises to be a record-breaker in every respect. this year, there are more countries taking part and the organisers are offering more prize money than ever. Record crowds are also expected.
Also out practising today defending champion Loe Trevino and Arnold Palmer, the man Nicklaus has deposed as top money winner. Australian Bruce Devlin has shown best form in practice with four rounds below par. British hopes once again rest chiefly on Tony Jacklin, the man who won the title in 1969.
Most of the other competitors consider Nicklaus as the chief danger. He's already won two of the "classic" tournaments this year and he's looking for two more to complete his Grand Slem.
SYNOPSIS: In practice rounds for the British Open Golf Championship, Australian Bruce Devlin has shown best form with four rounds under par. The tournament started on Wednesday at Muirfield, Scotland, with a record number of countries represented and record prize money of fifty-five thousand pounds.
Popular Mexican-American Lee Trevino will be defending his title. Illness has upset his schedules this year and he's lost the American and Canadian titles.
Another popular figure is Arnold Palmer, who won the British Open in 1961 and 1962.
Kel Nagle is another former winner. He held the title in 1960. The Muirfield Course is nearly six-thousand nine-hundred yards long with a par of seventy-one. One bad shot can cause a player no end of trouble.
Even so, the adaptable Arnold Palmer had time for only two practice rounds.
Once again, British hopes rest mainly on tony Jacklin. In 1969, he became the first British player to win the open for eighteen-years.
Peter Thomson of Australia, five times champion, is out to equal the record of six Open victories -- a record set up between 1894 and 1916 when golf was much less competitive.
But the favourite is American Jack Nicklaus. He's already won two classic golf tournament this year and needs two more -- including the British Open -- to complete the Grand Slam.