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The 2018 British Open

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As the world starts to look to Kent, England for The British Open (or as it’s referred to outside of the US, simply “The Open”), the world can’t help but notice it’s a great time to be a golfer from the UK. Along with Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, recent US Open champ Rory McIlroy holds claim to the top three spots on the ranking boards, the first time a British trio have been 1-2-3 in 25 years. They’ll be taking those lofty rankings into The Open in hopes of making their countrymen proud and keeping the Claret Jug in the UK.

Of course, the world’s best are scheduled to play Royal St. George’s in hopes of taking The Open Championship back to their homeland. Open invitees and Americans Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, and Brandt Snedeker (along with Irishman Graeme McDowell ) were all at the Scottish Open preparing for The Open. Others include South Africans Louis Oosthuizen, who won last year’s Open, and Masters winner Charl Schwartzel; German Martin Kaymer; and Spaniard Sergio Garcia, whose recent runner-up finish at the BMW International resurrected his career and gave him an invite to The Open.

While the world waits for Tiger Woods’ decision whether he’ll play in this major or not, there seems to be a general consensus that the players to keep eyes on will be the homegrown top-three scheduled to play Royal St. George’s.

Louis Oosthuizen wins on the Old Course at St. Andrews. This is Oosthuizen's first major championship win. Finishing with a 16 under par total of 272 placed him seven strokes ahead of runner up Lee Westwood.

Golf fans who are drawn into the sport because of its celebrated traditions are in for a treat when the 2010 British Open returns to the Old Course at St Andrews, in Fife, Scotland.

One of golf's four major tournaments, the 150-year-old British Open is the sport's oldest championship, and St Andrews is widely considered to be the birthplace of the game. 2010 will mark the 28th time that the Open Championship is played on the historic courses.

The past two times the British Open brought golf's elite players to St Andrews - in 2000 and 2005 - Tiger Woods finished the weekend on top. After announcing in May that he would participate in this year's tournament from July 15 - 18, Woods now has the chance to become the first golfer to win the British Open three times at St Andrews. A victory would also represent a 15th major championship for Woods, moving him just three behind Jack Nicklaus for the most all-time. He has not won a major since the June 2008 U.S. Open.

Of course, Woods' recent floundering means that anyone can leave St Andrews with a title this summer. The field includes past British Open champions such as Mark Calcavecchia, Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els, as well as last year's top 10 finishers, including Retief Goosen and Soren Hansen.

Stewark Cink wins in a playoff against Tom Watson, who would have added a sixth Open Championship to his mantle and been the eldest winner at the age of 59. This was Cink's first Open and first major win. Favorite Tigers Woods failed to make the third round, only the second time he'd failed to make the cut a major since 2006's US Open golf tournament.

Lined by craggy rocks with sand dunes framing almost every hole, the legendary Turnberry Ailsa Course will host the 2009 British Open July 16-19. Turnberry has been the host of 3 previous Open Championships, most recently in 1994 when Nick Price took home the Claret Jug. The two Opens at Turnberry before that were 1986 (Greg Norman) and 1977 (Tom Watson). The 2009 Open starts with practice rounds on Monday, July 13th. That is when the best golfers in the United States, Europe and the rest of the World descend on Scotland for a chance to get their hands on a piece of history.

Irishman Pádraig Harrington returns to defend his twice-won crown against the world's finest golfers including 2009 U.S. Open Champion Justin Glover and 2009 Masters Champion Ángel Cabrera. Number one ranked Tiger Woods will tee it up at Turnberry, seeking his 15th major title and fourth Open trophy. Englishman Ross Fisher will hit the links following his fifth-place U.S. Open finish.

Golf odds makers pick Woods as a favorite with Harrington next-in-line. Other notables who could be in contention include Spain’s Sergio Garcia, South African Ernie Els and Englishman Lee Westwood.

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