Speaking on the course at Troon in Scotland on Saturday, U.S. golfer Lee Trevino said?
Speaking on the course at Troon in Scotland on Saturday, U.S. golfer Lee Trevino said that he would like to win the British Open Golf Championship for the third successive time. The 72-hole competition starts at Troon on Wednesday.
Trevino was out on the course practicing and clowning and cracking jokes as he often does for the cameras. Among the others practicing at some of the notoriously difficult holes were Australian Graham Marsh, who had just come from winning the Australian Open, and British golfer Doug McClelland. They were among the 57 competitors who were exempted from qualifying. 511 other players were battling in qualifying competitions on Friday and Saturday for the remaining 96 places.
Lee Trevino said that he would like to win, although this was the strongest competition he had yet encountered in the British Open.
SYNOPSIS: The 102nd British Open Golf Championship starts at the course in Troon in Scotland on Wednesday.
Prize money this year totals fifty thousand pounds. Of the one-hundred-and fifty-four international competitors, fifty seven are exempted from having to qualify. But on friday and Saturday there were five hundred-and-eleven golfers battling for the remaining ninety-six places.
Doug McClelland, the British golfer, was among those out practicing on Saturday.
Driving off at the 12th hole was the defending champion, U.S. golfer Lee Trevino. One of the most consistent golfers on the world circuit, he has won the Open for the past two years.
At the 11th hole was Australian Graham Marsh, who had just come form winning the Australian Open.
Trevino estimates that this is the best field yet assembled for an Open. It includes Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus from the United States, Bob Charles form New Zealand and Peter Thomson from Australia.
Trevino told an interviewer that, in view of the competition, he might need some luck to win his third consecutive Open.
But one thing is certain -- that Trenivo with his exuberant sense of fun will never be far from the centre of attention.