Thomson, Watson celebrate historic milestones

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Two of golf’s greatest players, Peter Thomson and Tom Watson, will celebrate historic milestones in their remarkable careers at the Champion Golfers’ Challenge ahead of the 144TH Open in St Andrews this July.

Rory McIlroy, who will be defending the Claret Jug after his victory at Royal Liverpool last year, will join the five-time Champions in a pantheon of greats who will play in the four-hole challenge on the Old Course on Wednesday, July 15.

Thomson will mark the 60th anniversary of his win in The Open at St Andrews in 1955, while Watson will be playing on the 40th anniversary of his debut in The Open in 1975 when he became Champion Golfer of the Year at Carnoustie.

The occasion will also be used to pay tribute to Australia’s Kel Nagle, who won the Centenary Open in 1960 at St Andrews and sadly passed away in January at the age of 94.

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