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2012 British Open: Schedule And Preview

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods headline the field at the 141st British Open.

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It's the middle of summer, which of course means it's time again for another edition of the British Open.

The 141st Open Championship will get started this Thursday at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club with past major champions such as Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and defending Open champion Darren Clarke playing the role of headliner.

As always, the Open will perhaps be the stiffest test the PGA Tour sees all year. This major is notorious for playing to extreme levels at times and featuring chaotic weather. With that in mind, it will be even more important to stay out of the rough when teeing off.

Woods has been notably hot-and-cold with off the tee box in recent years. The all-time great will be seeking his fourth Open title, and his first since 2006.

Some other names to have a keen interest in are Graeme McDowell and Americans Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson.

On the local side of things, Jim Furyk will be trying to win his second major title. The West Chester, PA native took home the U.S. Open in 2003. His best finish in the British Open was fourth place in 1997, 1998 and 2006.

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