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Unless you have been there, can you understand the fascination St. Andrews provides. Absolute icons of the game throughout time have gushed over its very existence. Consider the following statements and ask yourself whether any other location has ever elicited such voluntary third party testimonials...

“If I had ever been sat down and told I was to play there and nowhere else for the rest of my life, I should have chosen the Old Course at St Andrews.” Bobby Jones

“The more I studied the Old Course, the more I loved it, and the more I loved it, the more I studied it, so I came to feel that it was for me the most favorable meeting ground possible for an important contest.” Bobby Jones

“I wish that every man who plays golf could play St Andrews once.” Gene Sarazen

“If a golfer is going to be remembered, he must win the title at St Andrews. At last, it is my greatest dream come true.” Jack Nicklaus

“Victory anywhere is always sweet, but to win at St Andrews is so special it rises above everything else.” Seve Ballesteros

“It will always be the greatest because nowhere else is there the turf that you have here.” Peter Thomson

“To win at St Andrews required a complete golf game and of course, some good fortune.” John Daly

“It is the dream of every golfer to play here – and play well.” Bernard Gallacher

“It’s always very exciting to win here at St Andrews – it is the arena of golf and it is a magnificent golf course.” Miguel Angel Jiminez

“One day I’II be able to tell my kids and my grandchildren about what happened to me at the Old Course. Without a doubt, I like it best of all the Open venues. It’s my favorite course in the world.” Tiger Woods

“To win at St Andrews is the ultimate.” Tiger Woods

“This is the origin of the game. Golf in its purest form, and it’s still played that way on a course seemingly untouched by time.” Arnold Palmer

“My favorite course is St Andrews, because it is so different; and with all the history, tradition and atmosphere there’s just no place like it.” Retief Goosen

“If I could play one course for the rest of my life it would be St Andrews. Every day it’s a different course, depending on the conditions. You never have the same shot twice.” Stewart Cink

“To win there would be the absolute best thing in golf. I went there to play and just loved the town and the golf. It was like a journey to Mecca for me.” Helen Alfredsson

“When I come back to St Andrews, I keep thinking it is my favorite course of them all, I have so many nice memories of the place.” Fred Couples

“The way the wind changes, it’s a different course every time. I think 17 is a great hard hole, but 18 is one of the best holes I’ve ever seen. You just can’t do anything wrong on 18; you’ve got to birdie it every time. Only you can’t.” Pete Dye

“It gives me goose-bumps just thinking about it” Janice Moodie

“Some people love St Andrews as a monument. I love it as a golf course. With man-made courses, someone designed the best way to play a hole. At St Andrews you figure that out yourself.” Tom Doak

“I’m a big fan of St Andrews. The hairs on the back of my neck still stand up, especially when I stand on the 1st and 18th tees. The Old Course never plays the same twice.” Paul Casey

“St Andrews is where the game was really founded, and a course that has withstood the test of time amazingly; it’s incredible to play, knowing all that’s taken place there.” Phil Mickelson

“The home of golf, St Andrews is a sentimental favorite. It’s got those huge greens and a wonderful atmosphere. It was the world’s first golf course and there is just a reverence about the place that hits you as soon as you get there.” Tony Jacklin

“The 18th tee at St Andrews – just the best setting in golf.” Mark O’Meara

“All the great players have walked those fairways and a lot of people trek from all over the world just to play that golf course. It’s like a pilgrimage, and it will be my honour to defend the title on it.” Todd Hamilton

“The 16th at St Andrews is my favorite. No other hole I’ve seen matches its strategic integrity.” Geoff Ogilvy

“St Andrews, to me, is everything you would want in the game. It’s got history, tradition, good golf and great atmosphere.” Jack Nicklaus

“I love St Andrews. I love making history and this is going to be with me for the rest of my life.” Lorena Ochoa, Ricoh Women’s Open champion 2007

“For any player to play in an Open Championship at St Andrews is huge.” Martin Kaymer
“It’s a course you can never really play enough to learn what it’s about... I really love it.” Paula Creamer

“A win at St Andrews is something every player would like to have on their CV before they hang up their clubs...” Ross Fisher

“The Open at St Andrews will, as always, be terrific. The 2000 Open was my first one, so St Andrews will always be the most special of Open venues for me. I am absolutely buzzing to get back there...the aura surrounding the town of St Andrews is second to none.” Ian Poulter
“It’s the most important course we play.” Tom Watson

“I am delighted to have had the opportunity to play the Old Course, the Home of Golf.” Ryo Ishikawa

“If I were to win an Open Championship at St Andrews that has a special value because it’s the Home of Golf.” Paul Casey

‘I’ve always loved St Andrews. I still think the Old Course is the most fascinating place to play there are just a million ways to get round. In that respect, there is nowhere else like it.’ Ben Crenshaw