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Sandy Lyle joins field as World Hickory Open tees off

Hickory drive Image copyright Andy Thompson / Carnoustie Country
Image caption Sandy Lyle is among 100 golfers taking part in the event

A golf tournament using only historic hickory-shafted clubs has teed off in Carnoustie.

Former Open and US Masters champion Sandy Lyle is among 100 players from across the world competing at the Hickory Golf Open at Panmure Golf Club.

The tournament requires players to use clubs manufactured before 1935, or replicas of that style.

Many of the competitors also choose to dress in golf attire reminiscent of the hickory era.

The World Hickory Open was established in 2005, and has been contested in Angus for the last three years, with the Montrose Medal and Carnoustie Burnside courses previously hosting it.

Mr Lyle, who represented Europe at five consecutive Ryder Cups in the 1970s and 80s, has been playing hickory golf for three years.

He said he was "really looking forward" to the Panmure tournament.

Image copyright Andy Thompson/Carnoustie Country
Image caption Hickory golf is played using clubs or replicas of clubs from the pre-1935 era
Image copyright Andy Thompson / Carnoustie Country
Image caption Many competitors choose to also dress in 1930s golfing fashion

World Hickory Open founder and director Lionel Freedman said he was "absolutely delighted" to have "a golfer of Sandy Lyle's calibre" competing.

He said: "The majority of competitors will be playing with pre-1935 golf clubs.

"For a few, this will be their first time playing golf using hickories, while other are highly experienced.

"But whether novice or expert, they all share a common bond - a passion for golf in its truest form, which they will certainly experience when they play Panmure, widely considered to be one of the top 100 courses in the world."

The two-day tournament has a prize fund of £3,000, thanks to sponsorship from the World Golf Teachers' Federation.

A Ryder Cup-style tournament between players from the USA and the rest of the world will also be held in Monifieth following the Open.

Image copyright Andy Thompson / Carnoustie Country
Image caption This year's tournament is being played at Carnoustie's Panmure Golf Club
Image copyright Andy Thompson / Carnoustie Country
Image caption Amateur and professional golfers alike compete in the World Hickory Open

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