Gary Player, the defending champion is the narrowest of favourites to win the British Open Golf Championship beginning at Lytham St.
Gary Player, the defending champion is the narrowest of favourites to win the British Open Golf Championship beginning at Lytham St. Anne's in Lancashire on Wednesday.
The little South African, fresh from a ten-day holiday on his farm at Johannesburg, is in good form and will be hard to beat for the GBP30,000 sterling (about 72,000 U.S. dollars) tournament.
But Player will have a lot of tough opposition on the tight 6,848 yard par-71 Royal Lytham course.
The powerful American contingent includes big-hitters like Jack Nicklaus, the 1966 winner, and two former U.S. open champions, Billy Caspar and Lee Trevino.
Leading Australians are five-times winner Peter Thomson and Bruce Devlin.
Roberto de Vicenzo, the popular Argentinean, also returns to attempt a second British open win to add to his 1967 victory.
Caspar is determined to win the event and short course may suite his skill in iron play. Player is also aware of the testing course that favours the tidy golfers rather than the big hitters. "There is the opportunity for a real outsider to win," he said.