OPEN GOLF: Wild celebrity sighting claims

Golf fans waiting for autographs by the practice ground
Golf fans waiting for autographs by the practice ground
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THE Open Golf brings with it some serious celebrity fans – and sightings of A-list celebrities are flying around Lytham and St Annes.

But the past two tournaments at Royal Lytham in 1996 and 2001 – and now this year’s – have seen wild rumours circulating about stars attending the competition.

And three names in particular seem to be the favourites; Tom Cruise, George Clooney, and Sean Connery.

These stellar actors – and golf fans – have already been “seen” around Lytham and St Annes by a multitude of people logging their sightings on social networking sites.

That’s despite the fact that there’s no pictorial evidence, and practical difficulties such as Tom Cruise being “papped” in Los Angeles today by photographers as he endures the break up of his marriage to Katie Holmes!

The timing of the Olympic Games opening ceremony – just after The Open Golf finishes – has seen suggestions that the President of the United States, Barack Obama, could even attend.

Everyone wants to see a star - and some will no doubt attend - but it’s now hard to separate any real sightings to those fabricated.

Some wags have set up tongue-in-cheek Facebook and Twitter accounts and posts to add to the confusion – Cliff Richard and Cilla Black were most definitely not staggering along Smithy Lane in Ansdell last weekend!

And Mr Clooney wasn’t looking over the shelves in Tesco Express in St Annes.

But which celebrities will attend? email or tweet @chris_dixon with your best pictures and sightings, and we’ll do our best to cover them.