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St Andrews hosts the British Open 2010

Terry Lane - Tuesday 13.07.10, 10:28am

This week sees the British Open returns to the home of golf, as St. Andrews hosts the 139th British Open Golf Championship.  Last year the British Open Championship was held at Turnberry where veteran Tom Watson surprised everyone apart from himself as he almost lifted the trophy but lost a gripping 4 hole play-off against fellow American Stewart Cink.

Graeme McDowell will have a boost of confidence after his amazing victory at last month’s US Open at Pebble Beach; and Tiger Woods will be looking to win his third British Open Golf Championship title and become the first golfer to win three British Opens at St Andrews, following his victories in 2000 and 2005.

As with most tournaments he enters, Tiger Woods is favourite to win but it’s a surprise to see Graeme McDowell isn’t heading the European list of contenders.  That goes to Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy, closely followed by Padraig Harrington, along with South African Ernie Els and American left-hander Phil Mickeslon.

Lee Westwood will go to St. Andrews boosted by his own recent victory on the US golf circuit at the St Jude Classic in Memphis Tennessee after a three-way play-off with American Robert Garrigus and Sweden’s Robert Karlsson.

As for Rory McIlroy, he is still looking for his first major title after being touted as a serious contender for the past few years now.  It may be the pressure of such high expectations, but McIlroy has not been able to stay with the leaders over the course of four days, and as a rule fades in the latter part of the big occasions.  But as always I will be hoping the young golfer from Northern Ireland will be lucky this time around.

Due to his low stature in the world rankings these days, Ryder Cup captain, Colin Montgomerie had to qualify for the 2010 Open at St Andrews.  But like Tiger Woods, St. Andrews is a special place for Monty, who has never missed an Open Championship since making his debut in 1990 at St Andrews.

The 139th British Open Golf 2010 will take place at St. Andrews, Scotland between Thursday 15th and Sunday 18th July.

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Tags: Ernie Els · Graeme McDowell · Lee Westwood · Padraig Harrington · Phil Mickelson · Robert Karlsson · Rory McIlroy · St Andrews · The Open · Tiger Woods


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  • 1 mary // Jul 13, 2010 at 11:29 am

    i loved the pictures from scotland but got sick of all the pictures of the low life woods. good luckphil and the restof the golfers. not tiger

  • 2 Stuart // Jul 14, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you! Finally, somebody posting about the British Open, without harking on and on about Tiger Woods!

    I’m stoked for the British Open; St. Andrews truly is one of the most amazing and beautiful golf courses in the world.
    I’ve put a collection of my favourite Old Course pictures up on my blog – they’re worth a look!

    Stu

  • 3 Amusitronix // Jul 15, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I think Tiger will take this one. The fact that he just changed putters shows he is serious this time. Golf in general needs Tiger to win this one too.

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