Gary Player remembers Muirfield

The Open Championship’s 1959 winner Gary Player compares Muirfield to the one he remembers.

The Open Championship’s 1959 winner Gary Player compares Muirfield to the one he remembers.

CAPE TOWN - Golf legend Gary Player on Wednesday told Eyewitness News Sport of how vastly different Muirfield is now compared to when he won The Open Championship there in 1959.

The win at Muirfield was the first of Players nine majors.

This week, the world's oldest golf tournament returns to the Scottish course, where defending champion Ernie Els won in 2002.

Player said playing the course this week has highlighted all the changes.

"There used to be little daisies on the fairways, they didn't have mowers that would cut it short, there were no rakes in the bunkers and the greens were just average whereas now they're just like snooker tables. The ball is going 50 yards further and it certainly is a different game now."

He said picking a favourite this week is like playing the lottery.

"You've got to have a great mind and you've got to be a great packer. And that's who will win this week. But it's only one week and so if it's your week you'll win. To try and pick a winner is impossible."

Player maintains his belief that Tiger Woods is in a class of his own.

But added that luck will play a role this week.

"Woods tees off at 3pm. You can tee-off in the morning and have a perfect game but come 3pm and you're playing in a rain storm, you're gone. You've got to be very lucky in your draw."