Woods and McIlroy honored by the R&A Golf Club of St Andrews

Former British Open winners Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Paul Lawrie have become honorary members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, the club announced on Wednesday. The American Woods, 15 times world champion, is trying to win the British Open for the fourth time this week in St Andrews, after his victories in 2000, 2005 and 2006. “I am grateful for this invitation to become an honorary member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St Andrews,” the 46-year-old said. “It’s not just the home of golf but a place in this world that I hold close to my heart.”

Northern Irishman McIlroy won the Open at Royal Liverpool in 2014, one of his four major titles. “It is a privilege to represent a club that has done so much for the game of golf for so many years and I am proud to play my part in promoting golf around the world,” he said.

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