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Sunday, 23 July, 2000, 08:35 GMT 09:35 UK
Golfers on high streaker alert
Streaker
A woman is led away by officers at St Andrews
Officials at The Open golf championship are on full alert to stop any more streakers disrupting play at St Andrews.

On Saturday a male streaker ran across the course, baring all to some of the world's finest golfers.

The man is the fourth person to have stripped off since the tournament began on Thursday. All four will appear at Cupar Sheriff Court on Monday.

Police have renewed their warning that they will take firm action to stop any streakers - after reports that a 10,000 reward was on offer for a naked dash.

Cricket streaker
Legs before wicket: A streaker at Saturday's cricket final
On Friday, a man pulled off his clothes at the par nine 372-yard ninth hole on Friday, shortly after 1000BST.

He was later followed by two women on other parts of the course, Fife Constabulary confirmed.

The nearest golfers to the first incident were competition outsiders Scott Verplank and Ken Triplet, both of the United States, but it was not known if they saw anything.

The incidents took place after Fife police issued a warning saying it would not tolerate the behaviour and would arrest anyone responsible.

The spokesman said: "It is indicative of how seriously we are treating such acts."

Bare backside

Marshals covering the course were given strict guidelines if any streaker ignored the warning and breached the security rope.

One official said: "We've been told to be on the look-out, particularly around the 17th and 18th.

"There is apparently a reward for someone to run across the fairway during a high-profile match."

But it is not only the golf that is attracting the bare-faced self-publicists.

At Saturday's one-day cricket final between England and Zimbabwe at Lords, a male streaker ran onto the pitch shortly before the home side's comprehensive victory.

Man streaking at Wimbledon
Streakers target major sporting events
He vaulted over the stumps before baring his backside to the MCC members.

Last year, Aberdeen lap dancer Yvonne Robb was arrested after embracing golf superstar Tiger Woods on the 18th green at Carnoustie.

Miss Robb, who will be going to St Andrews over the weekend, said: "I suppose it was my moment of fame. Tiger just smiled as I stole a kiss. I did it on the first day at the 18th, when they least expected it."

Before the start of the tournament CCTV cameras were placed at strategic points around the Old Course, ready to capture evidence.

The streak obviously did Tiger Woods no harm - he is six shots clear of the field at the start of the final day of the tournament.


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