Golf: Top class entry for Open

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The Independent Online
JUMBO OZAKI, from Japan, and the American Bruce Lietzke are the only players among the top 50 in the world rankings not to have entered for the Open championship at Royal St George's in two weeks' time.

There are 11 former winners taking part - the defending champion Nick Faldo, Ian Baker-Finch, Severiano Ballesteros, Mark Calca- vecchia, Sandy Lyle, Greg Norman, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Weiskopf and Tony Jacklin. Lyle won when the event was last at Sandwich in 1985.

There are a total of 99 exempt players and five more places are available at next week's Bell's Scottish Open at Gleneagles.

Nick Price, of Zimbabwe, warmed up for the Open by winning the Greater Hartford Open by one stroke from Dan Forsman and Roger Maltbie on Sunday. It was Price's second victory of the year, he won the Players' Championship in March.

'This was a big day for me,' Price said. 'The last few weeks have been disappointing because I have been playing poorly on Sundays.'

Although Price's margin of victory was just one shot, after Price birdied the 13th and 14th holes, the tournament was never as close as the end result might indicate.

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