GARY Player will return to Carnoustie and the scene of the “greatest shot of his career” when he takes his place in the Seniors British Open on July 22-25.
It will be an emotional return for Player, who won The Open Championship at Carnoustie in 1968, claiming his second of three Claret Jugs after previously winning at Muirfield in 1959.
The 74-year-old still rates his majestic three wood approach shot to the 14th hole in his final round 42 years ago as the most memorable shot of his marvellous career.
Player’s ball stopped just inches from the pin to give him a tap in for eagle and set up his eventual two-stroke victory over Jack Nicklaus and New Zealand’s Bob Charles, who had claimed the Claret Jug five years previously.
Player said: “I’ve got great memories of Carnoustie. There were five of us going down the last five holes within one shot of each other and I was playing with Nicklaus.