Open 2015: Arnold Palmer's team win Champions Golfers' Challenge

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Paul Lawrie holes out at Champions challenge

Paul Lawrie pitched in for eagle to help seal victory for Arnold Palmer's team in the traditional Champions Golfers' Challenge on the eve of the 144th Open Championship at St Andrews.

Twenty-seven former winners competed in the contest, set over four holes - the 1st, 2nd, 17th and 18th.

Palmer, 85, saw his team win the contest courtesy of having the highest average age after a four-way tie.

He said his drive at the first was only the second shot he had hit this year.

Palmer's previous 2015 effort was his ceremonial tee shot at the Masters.

As the sun finally came out at St Andrews, the American walked the rest of the course, with the seven teams boasting 44 Open and 83 major victories between them.

Scotland's Lawrie, an Open winner in 1999, said: "I haven't played with Arnold before so it was a dream come true."

Sir Nick Faldo
Sir Nick Faldo played in the same jumper he wore in the final round of 1990, when he won his second title

Tiger Woods, who went out first in Tom Weiskopf's team with good friend Mark O'Meara and Nick Price, drained a 20-foot birdie putt at the Road Hole as they set the pace before Lawrie's heroics.

Five-time champion Peter Thomson of Australia, also 85, was marking the 60th anniversary of his victory at St Andrews, while Tom Watson, another five-time champion, was celebrating the 40th anniversary of his first Open victory on debut in 1975.

Three-time champion Sir Nick Faldo played in the same jumper he wore on the final day in 1990, when he won the second of his Open titles at St Andrews.

Asked what he told people who asked about his victory on the Old Course in 1955, Thomson replied: "It was far too long ago, I can't remember it."

Team Palmer: Paul Lawrie, Arnold Palmer, Darren Clarke and Bill Rogers
Team Palmer: Paul Lawrie, Arnold Palmer, Darren Clarke and Bill Rogers

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