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Royal and Ancient honour for Charles

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/05/2016

Sir Bob Charles in a 2015 file photo © Andrew Redington/Getty Images Sir Bob Charles in a 2015 file photo New Zealand great Sir Bob Charles has been made an honorary member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

Charles, 80, expressed pride at the invitation, which honours a professional career that spanned more than 40 years and included 68 titles.

The winner of the British Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes in 1963, his latest recognition follows his induction to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2008.

"Winning The Open was a tremendous part of my career and I have always had a huge affinity for the Championship and the wonderful links courses on which it is played," Charles said.

"The club is at the heart of golf in St Andrews and it is a privilege to follow so many other great champions in becoming part of its history."

Charles received a CBE for services to golf in 1992, a Knighthood in 1999 and was appointed to The Order of New Zealand for services to his home country in 2011.

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