The players' view: Old Course memories

Some of the world's best players reveal their favourite Old Course memories

Henrik Stenson and Thomas Bjorn
Henrik Stenson and Thomas Bjorn give their favourite Old Course memories

We asked a selection of 2015 Open Championship participants about their favourite memory of the Old Course at St Andrews

The Old Course is the most inimitable venue on the Open rota, of that there's no question.

It's a layout that evokes memories of yesteryear and one that's played host to some of the most memorable Open Championships in history.

The Open first came to the Old Course at St Andrews in 1873, with Tom Kidd finishing one shot clear of Jamie Anderson to land the Claret Jug.

Since then, the Old Course winners list reads like a who's who of the golfing elite.

Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Bobby Locke, Peter Thompson, Sam Snead and Bobby Jones are among the players to have triumphed here.

Those victories not only provided great drama, but also inspired a number of today's elite golfers to pick up a club and start playing the sport.

Visions of Seve's dance after winning in 1984, or Tiger's dominant display in 2000 - where he didn't find a single bunker all week - live long in the memory, especially for some of the players in action on the Old Course at St Andrews this week.

Ahead of the 144th staging of golf's greatest championship, we caught up with some of the tournament favourites, along with a host of other competitors, to discuss their favourite memories of the Old Course, whether based on personal experiences or past tournament they weren't involved in.

In the above video, filmed at Callaway's traditional Monday night pre-Open party, staff players Henrik Stenson, Branden Grace, Thomas Bjorn, Matteo Mannasero and Danny Willett discuss their stand-out moments to have taken place on this most hallowed of turf.

"From past Opens it's got to be Seve's win here. It was a such a memorable win and those magic pictures of him on the last green were so special," said Bjorn.

"He's so missed in the game of golf - so that was one of my favourite Open moments."

 

 

 

Nick Bonfield
Nick Bonfield

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel with The Masters and USPGA respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x