Seve invited to play in British Open celebration

Seve Ballesteros is among 32 former British Open champions

invited to play four holes on the Old Course at St. Andrews the day

before next year’s 150th anniversary tournament.

The Royal and Ancient has invited all surviving champions to

play the first, second, 17th and 18th holes at the Old Course on

July 14.

Ballesteros is still recovering from a brain tumor but R&A

director of championships David Hill said Monday that he hopes

“the majority of our former champions will accept the


The BBC will broadcast the two-hour Open Champions’ Challenge

and the winners will receive prize money for a charity of their


A similar event in 2000 featured 22 former champions and raised

more than 40,000 pounds ($65,000).