PICK OF THE WEEK TOMORROW: Golf The 1996 Open Royal Lytham and St Annes

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The 1996 Open returns to England tomorrow. The world's best golfers play a historic course that has staged eight Open Championships since its creation in 1886. There have been many memorable victories over the years but the first Open at Lytham took place in 1926 and was won by the legendary American amateur, Bobby Jones.

There have since been many great Open winners but few more impressive than America's Tom Watson. Injury means he will not become the first golfer since Harry Vardon to win sixth Open titles in 1996. In 1969 Tony Jacklin became the first British winner after a gap of 18 years; several of his compatriots, notably Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie, are up to emulating his achievement this year.

How to get there: Leave M6 at Junction 32 and take the M55. Variable motorway message signs will direct motorists to exit M55, either at Junction 4 or continue on to A5230 and leave at Junction with Common Edge Road. Follow signs to public car parks and use free park and ride facility for transport to course. By Train: With a platform adjacent to the ninth hole and special trains in operation the Golflink service simplifies travel to and from the Championship. The service runs from Thursday 18 July to 21 July. For further information about Golflink telephone the National Train Enquiry Bureau on 0151 709 9696.

Admission Charges: Daily Ticket: Monday 15 July to Wednesday 17 July; Juvenile pounds 6; Senior Citizen pounds 6; Adult pounds 11. Thursday 18 July to Sunday 21 July: Juvenile pounds 6; Senior Citizen pounds 6; Adult pounds 22.