ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Tiger Woods has been made an honorary member of St. Andrews on the eve of the a hundred and fiftieth Open, with the R&A additionally recognizing former Open champions Rory McIlroy and Paul Lawrie on Wednesday.”I’m grateful for this invitation to grow to be an honorary member of The Royal and Historical Golf Membership of St. Andrews,” Woods mentioned in an announcement. “It’s not solely the house of golf however a spot on this world that I maintain close to my coronary heart. I’m humbled to simply accept this invitation alongside these excellent gamers in the present day, in addition to those that got here earlier than us.”Woods has gained The Open on three events, together with twice at St. Andrews. Having performed on the Outdated Course as an beginner in 1995, he gained his first Open there in 2000 and adopted it up with one other triumph in 2005 earlier than profitable at Royal Liverpool Golf Membership in 2006.2 RelatedOn Tuesday, Woods defined why St. Andrews is so particular to him.”That is the place all of it started for me as an beginner,” Woods mentioned. “My first probability to play in The Open Championship was right here. I will always remember I performed with Ernie Els and Peter Jacobsen the primary two days. It was eye-opening how this golf course can play as simply as it may be performed and in addition as troublesome it may possibly play simply by the wind altering. Clearly when the tide adjustments as nicely.”Simply being right here, I feel that is my sixth Open Championship right here, I feel. Simply to have that have and have the flexibility to play right here on the residence of golf is at all times fairly particular. Then to have gained it [here] twice makes it that rather more particular.”Forward of Thursday’s first spherical, Woods, 46, has already been concerned with the occasions this week surrounding the a hundred and fiftieth enjoying of The Open. He performed within the Celebration of Champions on Monday and attended the Open Champions’ Dinner on Tuesday. He walked 58 holes from his arrival in St. Andrews on Saturday by way of Tuesday.McIlroy has one Open title to his title, in 2014, and Lawrie was victorious in 1999.”I warmly congratulate Tiger, Rory and Paul on changing into honorary members of The Royal and Historical Golf Membership,” St. Andrews captain Peter Foster mentioned in an announcement. “They’ve every made enormous contributions to golf and performed their half in inspiring hundreds of thousands to take up and observe the game around the globe.”They don’t seem to be solely nice champions however implausible ambassadors for golf and have introduced a lot pleasure to so many younger followers specifically. That is totally becoming recognition for 3 such distinguished sporting figures and I’ve little doubt they’ll proceed to provide exemplary service to the game by way of their new roles within the membership.”McIlroy mentioned he was “thrilled” to grow to be an honorary member.”It is a privilege to signify a membership that has performed a lot for golf over so a few years and I am proud to play my half in selling golf around the globe,” McIlroy mentioned in an announcement.