Tiger signs up for Open exhibition
While Jack Nicklaus has declined the Royal and Ancient's invitation to play in a 150th anniversary exhibition featuring former Open champions, Tiger Woods has accepted.
Nicklaus – who last month indicated he would not be making the trip unless his sponsors requested it – will be one of only four living past winners not teeing it up in the four-hole challenge at St Andrews on the eve of the tournament. The 89-year-old Kel Nagle is unable to play, while Nick Price and Johnny Miller are also staying away.
That is bad news for the organisers, who rearranged the 2005 Open so Nicklaus could say his competitive goodbyes at the Home of Golf; but Woods has helped lift the gloom. The three-times winner said at the Players Championship three weeks ago that he knew nothing about the Champions' Challenge. He does now and clearly believes it would not be wise PR to snub the festivities.
With Seve Ballesteros planning on making his golfing comeback after undertaking multiple operations for brain cancer, the 28-man event is sure to be poignant.
Meanwhile, Woods will lose his world No 1 tag for the first time in five years if Phil Mickelson can win the Colonial tournament, which begins in Texas today. Also in the field are Ian Poulter and Paul Casey.
Latest in Sport
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: The biggest fight of all time, or maybe just the most lucrative?
Frank Lampard's face drops when Holly Willoughby introduces him as a 'Man City legend'
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao start?
Arsenal transfer targets: The summer signings that would please Thierry Henry, including Sami Khedira and Edinson Cavani
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 Frank Lampard's face drops when Holly Willoughby introduces him as a 'Man City legend'
- 3 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
- 5 Stephen Hawking endorses Labour in the General Election
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding