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HALL OF FAME: Former British Open champion Kel Nagle and three-time British Amateur champion Joe Carr have been selected to the World Golf Hall of Fame, filling out a 2007 class that will feature six inductees Nov. 12 at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.

Nagle, an Australian whose 61 worldwide victories included a claret jug from St. Andrews, was selected through the veteran's category. Carr was chosen through the lifetime achievement category.

Nagle, 87, is the fifth Australian headed for the Hall of Fame.

"I'm sure he's going to be thrilled," Gary Player said. "It's nice to go to your grave at 87 knowing that you've been recognized and going into the Hall of Fame, which is very important in an athlete's career."

Nagle's greatest victory came in 1960, when Arnold Palmer made his British Open debut while creating the modern version of the Grand Slam. He almost won another major, but Player beat him in a playoff in the 1965 U.S. Open at Bellerive.

Carr won the British Amateur three times, won 37 titles in Ireland and played in the Walker Cup a record 10 times.

Others to be inducted this fall are Curtis Strange, Hubert Green, Se Ri Pak and Charles Blair Macdonald.


SURPRISED TO BE HERE: Lucas Glover failed at every turn to qualify for the British Open. He got here, anyway.

Glover narrowly finished outside the top 50 in the world ranking when that exemption was decided. His next option was 36-hole qualifying at Oakland Hills, but he withdrew after nine holes at 6 over par. He played well at the AT&T National and the John Deere Classic, but not well enough to be the top player not already eligible.

He flew to Carnoustie as an alternate and was in the field when his plane landed.

"I didn't play my way in, so this is gravy," Glover said.

He replaced Shingo Katayama, who withdrew with injuries.

Glover thought the R&A might kick him off the alternate list because he withdrew from the U.S. qualifier. He was grinding so much on his game at the Buick Open that he never had time to practice at Oakland Hills, and he wanted to see the course after the PGA Tour event.

"I got there Sunday and asked if I could ride around," Glover said. "They said, 'No more carts.' I just got done walking six days in a row, and I said, 'I'm not walking 36 more.' I figured out where the 10th tee and the driving range were, went back to the hotel, shot 6 over on the front. I was stiff, my back was sore, so I bagged it."

But it worked out well.


QUIET, PLEASE: After so many mobile phones (most of them used for taking pictures of Tiger Woods) last year at Hoylake, the R&A banned cell phones at the British Open for the first time.

This came as good news to Colin Montgomerie. The joke is always that Monty could hear a fly break wind in England when he's standing over a shot in Scotland.

He knows it, based on his sarcastic response.

"I'm fine with photographers on the course," he said. "It's the other players that I feel that was brought in for. The likes of Retief Goosen, and people like that, the people that really get upset over these type of things."

Now if they can just ban the flies.

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