Legends line up for Open Champions Challenge


The R&A has announced the teams for The Open Champions’ Challenge, which is taking place on Wednesday 14 July ahead of the 150th Anniversary Open Championship.

Each team will have a captain for the Challenge. The captains of the seven teams are the most senior competitors. Peter Thomson, whose team of Tiger Woods, Sir Nick Faldo and Mark Calcavecchia boasts a total of 12 Open Championships between them, will be a non-playing captain as he is unable to play for medical reasons.

The winning team will be presented with a cheque for £50,000 to be donated to a charity of their choice.

“We anticipate a very special occasion”, said David Hill, The R&A’s Director of Championships. “I am sure all supporters of The Open Championship will be excited by the prospect of seeing so many legends of the game make their way around the Old Course’s natural arena”

The Pipes and Drums of The Black Watch 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, one of the world’s most celebrated pipe-bands, will get the event underway at 3.10pm on Wednesday 14 July before play begins at 3.40pm.

Tickets are still available for Wednesday with a ticket providing full access to the course to see players practise as well as for The Open Champions’ Challenge. Large crowds are anticipated and spectators may wish to book now to avoid queues at the pay gates.

Ticket Prices

Adults: £40
65+ yrs: £30
16-21 yrs: £20
Under 16 yrs: Free of charge


The Open Champions Challenge will be played over holes 1, 2, 17 & 18 of The Old Course. The best score recorded at each hole by an individual player will count as the team score.


Roberto de Vicenzo
Ben Curtis
Tom Lehman
Sandy Lyle

Peter Thomson
Mark Calcavecchia
Sir Nick Faldo
Tiger Woods

Arnold Palmer
Ian Baker-Finch
Stewart Cink
Mark O’Meara

Gary Player
Todd Hamilton
Justin Leonard
Greg Norman

Bob Charles
John Daly
David Duval
Bll Rogers

Lee Trevino
Padraig Harrington
Tony Jacklin
Paul Lawrie

Tom Weiskopf
Ernie Els
Tom Watson

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