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A Glimpse into The Open Championship

July17th, 2012, Lancashire, England. The Open Championship is being held at the Honours Board of Open Championships for the 11th time by Royal Lytham and St. Annes. This golf course is situated in the North West England and when you take a look at the past, you would be reminded that this place has never been a venue for fluke victories.  Many youths have come forward of this ground. The only exception to this fact is Darren Clarke who is aged 42 years who had won at Royal St. George’s links one year back.

Tiger Woods is the short priced favorite to win his Birtish Open Championship while the two players, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald have become the first home winner after 20 years. Way back in the year 1996, Woods was the amateur champion with his total of 281 that is till the lowest joint total in the Open’s history of 140 years. He had won the last of his 14 majors in the year 2008 at the US Open and in the year 2012, he has returned to his true form by winning three events on PGA tour. His swings have also improved but he is still not giving consistent performance as he had missed out at the Greenbreir even after he had won at the AT&T national just a week before that.

Lee Westwood who ranks at world Number three is still pursuing his Maiden Triumph but has come out with mixed results at the Open as he had missed out four cuts in the last 10 appearances. There are a few times where he had put in some strong performances. He tied third in 2009 and finished fourth in 2004 when he came opposite to Louis Oosthuizen. In the year 2010 Westwood came second and was seven strokes behind him at St. Andrews.

The world number two, Rory Mcllroy has missed a number of cuts this year and all in succession. The US Open ended after two rounds and his kind of game is not perfect for the links at the Royal Lytham. Although he is using a new driver which puts less spin on the ball, he would get help in difficult situations, but his weakness has been on the green courses and he would have to work hard for this if he wants to take the challenge. Luke Donald is world’s number one had Nick Faldo as an idol who was the last Englishman to win The Open Championship and now, his only quest is to add Major to his CV.