The British Open has begun with a tee shot by 1999 champion Paul Lawrie.
Tiger Woods won at St. Andrews in 2000 and 2005, and he's again a heavy favorite as golf's oldest major returns to the birthplace of golf. The world's No. 1 player has yet to win since returning in April from a five-month layoff stemming from scandalous reports that he cheated on his wife with multiple women.
A steady rain soaked the course on Wednesday, forcing officials to postpone the Champions' Challenge. Twenty-six former winners were scheduled to play a four-hole exhibition, with the winning team earning $76,000 for its designated charity.
Under gray skies and an uncertain forecast, Lawrie opened with a tee shot down the middle toward the famous Swilcan Burn.