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LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) — Tony Jacklin, who won the British Open in 1969 at Royal Lytham, doesn't believe that British players like Colin Montgomerie, Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke are hungry enough to win a major.

"They have more than enough game, but that's only a part of it," Jacklin said. "But that's only a part of it. It needs total commitment. Do they want it bad enough? Is it really necessary to their lives? No, I don't think so."

Westwood took exception with Jacklin's comments.

"I think we have proved over the last few years that we want it badly enough," Westwood said, citing his 24 wins worldwide.

"So that has blasted that one out of the water, hasn't it? It's easy to say things when you have won two majors."

BAD DAY SERGIO: Sergio Garcia was fined an undisclosed amount on Wednesday by the European PGA for criticizing the Loch Lomond course, site of last week's Scottish Open.

Garcia, who plays mostly in the United States, criticized the greens at Loch Lomond and general playing conditions.

"If I said what I really think, they'd never let me back to play again," the 21-year-old Spaniard said.

DRUG POLICY: Peter Dawson, secretary of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, said a drug policy for golf is in the works.

Dawson, who heads the body that governs world golf everywhere but North America, said there is no evidence to suggest golf had a drug problem. He said the policy was being worked up partly because of golf's interest in being an Olympic sport.

NORMAN OUT: Two-time champion Greg Norman pulled out of the British Open, citing the death of a close friend in the United States as the reason.

The 46-year-old Australian missed last year's British Open because of hip surgery. He skipped this year's U.S. Open because he would have been forced to qualify for that tournament, and he said he had a prior commitment that clashed with qualifying.

"I'm extremely disappointed to miss the British Open for the second consecutive year," Norman said Wednesday. "But I've always maintained there's nothing more important than family and friends."

Norman, who lives in the United States, joins a list of Americans who have decided not to play that includes Paul Azinger,Hal Sutton,Lee Janzen,Kirk Triplett and Notah Begay.

SEVE REMEMBERS: Royal Lytham is the site of Seve Ballesteros' first major victory in 1979. He went on to win five majors — including three British Opens, two at Lytham.

Ballesteros credits Argentine Roberto de Vicenzo for his '79 victory.

"I will never forget his words to me, recalling them in Spanish: "Tiene las manos; ahora juega con tu corazon. You have the hands; now play with your heart."

The 44-year-old Spaniard is playing his 27th straight British Open, but has missed the cut in the last five. He has made only one cut in 13 European tour events this season.