Sir Bob Charles heads back to where it began

06:16, Nov 27 2010
Former British Open champions pose for a photo ahead of the Champions Dinner at St Andrews (front row, from left): Tom Weiskopf of the USA, Tony Jacklin of England, Bob Charles of New Zealand, Gary Player of South Africa, Stewart Cink of the USA, Colin.M.Brown the Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, Peter Thompson of Australia, Arnold Palmer of the USA, Roberto De Vicenzo of Argentina, Lee Trevino of the USA, Tom Watson of the USA. Back row: Ben Curtis of the USA, Tom Lehman of the USA, Mark O’Meara of the USA, Justin Leonard of the USA, Todd Hamilton of the USA, David Duval of the USA, Paul Lawrie of Scotland, Mark Calcavechia of the USA, Ian Baker-Finch of Australia, Ernie Els of South Africa, Nick Faldo of England, Padraig Harrington of Ireland, John Daly of the USA, Tiger Woods of the USA, Bill Rogers of the USA, and Sandy Lyle of Scotland.
Former British Open champions pose for a photo ahead of the Champions Dinner at St Andrews.
Bob Charles hits an iron shot during the 1993 US Senior Open at Cherry Hills Golf Course in Denver Colorado.
Bob Charles hits an iron shot during the 1993 US Senior Open at Cherry Hills Golf Course in Denver Colorado.
Bob Charles with past champions at the 1995 British Open.
Bob Charles with past champions at the 1995 British Open.
Bob Charles won the Hardy's Super Seniors Prize presented by Michael Rayment of Hardy's after the final round of the Travis Perkins Seniors Open at the Edinburgh Course, Wentworth Club in 2004.
Bob Charles won the Hardy's Super Seniors Prize presented by Michael Rayment of Hardy's after the final round of the Travis Perkins Seniors Open at the Edinburgh Course, Wentworth Club in 2004.
Stewart Ginn and Bob Charles win the Raphael Division of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf tournament in 2004 in Savannah, Georgia.
Stewart Ginn and Bob Charles win the Raphael Division of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf tournament in 2004 in Savannah, Georgia.
Sir Bob Charles, who was presented with a miniature Halberg to mark 40 years since his British Open victory and 50 years since his New Zealand Open victory, during the Halberg Awards held at the Christchurch Convention Centre in 2004.
Bob Charles (left) and David Charles (right) after final-round play in the Office Deport Father/Son Challenge at ChampionsGate Resort near Orlando, Florida December 5, 2004. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Bob Charles (left) and David Charles (right) after final-round play in the Office Deport Father/Son Challenge at ChampionsGate Resort near Orlando, Florida in 2004.
Bob Charles (left) and David Charles (right) after final-round play in the Office Deport Father/Son Challenge at ChampionsGate Resort near Orlando, Florida in 2004.
Sir Bob Charles waits with his grandson/caddie Robert during the par three contest prior to the 2010 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in 2010.
Sir Bob Charles waits with his grandson/caddie Robert during the par three contest prior to the 2010 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in 2010.
Sir Bob Charles at his induction to the World Golf Hall of Fame in Florida in 2008.
Sir Bob Charles at his induction to the World Golf Hall of Fame in Florida in 2008.
Sir Bob Charles at his induction to the World Golf Hall of Fame in Florida in 2008.
Sir Bob Charles at his induction to the World Golf Hall of Fame in Florida in 2008.
Bob Charles chips out of a bunker on the second on his way to a round of nine over par during the first round of the 2010 Senior Open Championship in Angus, Scotland.
Bob Charles chips out of a bunker on the second on his way to a round of nine over par during the first round of the 2010 Senior Open Championship in Angus, Scotland.

New Zealand golfing great Sir Bob Charles returns to where it all started as New Zealand Golf celebrates its centenary.

Charles is a special guest at this weekend's celebrations which begin with a Centenary Golf Day at Royal Wellington Golf Club on Friday.

He will hit the commemorative first tee shot at the club where he first sprung into national prominence 56 years in winning the New Zealand Open as a fresh-faced 18-year-old.

It sparked a remarkable career for golf's most famous left-hander, highlighted with Charles' victory at the British Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes in 1963.

He also won New Zealand Open four times among his 68 professional victories in a stellar career spanning into seven decades and culminating in his induction to world golf's Hall of Fame in 2008.

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