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Hands that hold the Open trophy every year

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm •  Published: July 20, 2013
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The impetus came when 1967 Open champion Roberto diVicenzo returned the trophy that year without having his name engraved. Previously, that was the responsibility of the winner. The first name Alex was charged with over his 33 years at the Open was an easy one, Gary Player — though it's so much larger than all the rest that he must have felt some pressure at the moment.

"It's huge," Harvey chuckled. "But yes, you do feel a bit of pressure, especially when Peter is standing behind you.

"There used to be one cameraman, nowadays seems to be two. But if you concentrate," he added, "you're fine. What I did find one time, we had a monitor beside me and I could hear (BBC announcer) Peter Alliss commentating (on the engraving), and that caught my attention. I said, 'Well, we're not going to have that in there anymore."

Harvey finds himself facing a different sort of pressure on the golf course occasionally, playing mostly in senior tournaments at home and on the continent. He's qualified for one British Senior Open and will try to make a second beginning Monday, after his duties here are finished. Even so, that pressure pales by comparison to the tight spot his father found himself facing at Carnoustie in 1999, when Jean Van de Velde arrived at the 18th tee with a three-shot lead he would squander in spectacular fashion — before losing a three-way playoff.

"Where you're meant to start is the biggest problem," Harvey recalled. "When Paul Lawrie won in '99, we had two or three names already penciled in.

"Van de Velde had a disaster. If he had cleared the burn," Harvey recalled, "we could have started engraving the name."