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Huggan: My Open journey – Golf Australia Magazine

Or, in my case, the 36 occasions since. Just over half a century has passed since a wee boy closing in on his 10th birthday stood expectantly on one of the eight steps in front of golf’s most famous clubhouse, autograph book in hand. His little green volume worked overtime that week and it exists still. Full of signatures, most of them penned by men who competed in the 1970 Open Championship over the Old Course at St. Andrews, it catalogues the beginning of a (so far) 52-year long journey.

The original driving force behind my attendance was my late father, also John. Even before I started tagging along, he achieved something of a “Grand Slam” at the Open, having seen Ben Hogan win at Carnoustie in 1953, the first of Gary Player’s three victories at Muirfield six years later, Arnold Palmer’s romp to a six-shot triumph at Troon in 1962 and…


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