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7:10 AM ET ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Tiger Woods has been made an honorary member...

7:10 AM ET

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Tiger Woods has been made an honorary member of St. Andrews on the eve of the 150th Open, with the R&A additionally recognizing former Open champions Rory McIlroy and Paul Lawrie on Wednesday.

“I’m grateful for this invitation to change into an honorary member of The Royal and Historical Golf Membership of St. Andrews,” Woods mentioned in a press release. “It’s not solely the house of golf however a spot on this world that I maintain close to my coronary heart. I’m humbled to just accept this invitation alongside these excellent gamers at the moment, in addition to those that got here earlier than us.”

Woods has received The Open on three events, together with twice at St. Andrews. Having performed on the Previous Course as an beginner in 1995, he received his first Open there in 2000 and adopted it up with one other triumph in 2005 earlier than successful at Royal Liverpool Golf Membership in 2006.

On Tuesday, Woods defined why St. Andrews is so particular to him.

“That is the place all of it started for me as an beginner,” Woods mentioned. “My first likelihood to play in The Open Championship was right here. I am going to always remember I performed with Ernie Els and Peter Jacobsen the primary two days. It was eye-opening how this golf course can play as simply as it may be performed and in addition as troublesome it could play simply by the wind altering. Clearly when the tide adjustments as properly.

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“Simply being right here, I believe that is my sixth Open Championship right here, I believe. Simply to have that have and have the flexibility to play right here on the dwelling of golf is all the time fairly particular. Then to have received it [here] twice makes it that rather more particular.”

Forward of Thursday’s first spherical, Woods, 46, has already been concerned with the occasions this week surrounding the 150th taking part in of The Open. He performed within the Celebration of Champions on Monday and attended the Open Champions’ Dinner on Tuesday. He walked 58 holes from his arrival in St. Andrews on Saturday by way of Tuesday.

McIlroy has one Open title to his identify, in 2014, and Lawrie was victorious in 1999.

“I warmly congratulate Tiger, Rory and Paul on turning into honorary members of The Royal and Historical Golf Membership,” St. Andrews captain Peter Foster mentioned in a press release. “They’ve every made large contributions to golf and performed their half in inspiring thousands and thousands to take up and comply with the game around the globe.

“They don’t seem to be solely nice champions however incredible ambassadors for golf and have introduced a lot pleasure to so many younger followers specifically. That is solely becoming recognition for 3 such distinguished sporting figures, and I’ve little question they are going to proceed to provide exemplary service to the game by way of their new roles within the membership.”

McIlroy mentioned he was “thrilled” to change into an honorary member.

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“It is a privilege to characterize a membership that has completed a lot for golf over so a few years and I am proud to play my half in selling golf around the globe,” McIlroy mentioned in a press release.