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Majors tournaments this year have provided no shortage of excitement, and for the British Open it ended up being a late storm combined with a late meltdown that provided the fireworks. Adam Scott had escaped the first few rounds with a sizable lead going into the final four holes of the tournament.
Scott's first major seemed within reach until he bogeyed not once, but three times. Meanwhile, longshot Ernie Els of South Africa was slowly chipping his way into the top five, and then the top two. He didn't need to do much to eventually win the Claret Jug, as Scott finally finished the meltdown by missing a seven-foot putt that would have forced the playoff. Scott's -6 was just below Els' -7 in the end.
It was Els' first Major win since 2002 and his second victory at The Open.
A big disappointment came for Tiger Woods, who once again failed to win a major after being heavily favored at the beginning. It seems to be a recursive loop for Tiger in that regard, with strong starts in majors ending up without the top prizes in the end. In this case, it was a late triple-bogey that knocked him out -- he ended up tied for third place with a -3 score.
Most of the favorites seemed to be out early or falter at the very end in the 2012 Open, with Phil Mickelson missing the first cut by miles and Bubba Watson stuck down in a tie for 23rd place in the end.
Only one Minnesotan was involved in the tournament, Tom Lehman. He fell early, with bad results on the first and second holes keeping him from making the cut into the later stages.
After looking hard at how much money he could have taken home if he hadn't stumbled down the stretch, second place finisher Adam Scott will surely be kicking himself for years for not landing the grand prize of this year's $8 million purse at the 2012 British Open.
Instead of Scott taking home the grand prize, a distinction that also happens to be worth 600 FedEx Cup points, it was Ernie Els who backed his way into the $1.452 million first place payout after Sunday's final round. Scott's second place prize totals a nice chunk of change at more than $838,000, but means that his gaffe down the stretch cost him more than $600,000.
Tied for third place and each taking home $479,992 apiece will be Tiger Woods and Brandt Snedeker, two players who are no doubt upset about their inability to take advantage of opportunities over the weekend. Graeme McDowell and Luke Donald each took home $314,617 for their efforts in a tie for fifth place, while Nicolas Colsaerts, who carded a final-round-low 65 on Sunday, earned $229,912 in a tie for seventh place.
Go here for the full payouts and points breakdowns for each player.
With a lead that almost felt too good to be true entering his back nine, final round leader Adam Scott coughed up a four-stroke advantage down the stretch to give Ernie Els his fourth career major title on Sunday afternoon.
Scott bogeyed each of his final four holes, including a bogey on No. 18 where he missed a potential playoff-forcing putt, all while Els sat in the clubhouse hoping that his 7-under score carded earlier would be enough. Scott's final round 75 came in stark contrast with the day put forth by Els, who closed as strong as ever with a 2-under round of 68.
As the day's conditions took a toll on virtually the entire field, a number of prominent names dropped down the leaderboard on Sunday. In the end, only eight players would finish their four-day tournament in red numbers as mid-70's rounds became a theme over the weekend.
A winner at the British in 2002 when it was played at Muirfield Golf Links, Els has now reigned supreme in a major championship in three straight decades. His hot play this week in England should carry over well to next month's PGA Championship, a tournament where Els has traditionally struggled.
Adam Scott and Graeme McDowell are through seven holes of the Final Round of the 2012 Open Championship, and though Scott is 2-over on the day, he still owns a comfortable four-shot lead over his playing partner.
Scott missed a relatively short birdie putt on the par-5 seventh hole to stay at 9-under, while McDowell also made par at No. 7 to remain at 5-under and four shots back.
Brandt Snedeker, steady through the first six holes Sunday, made consecutive double-bogeys at No. 7 and at the par-4 8th hole to drop to 3-under and six shots behind the leader Scott.
Tiger Woods birdied No. 7 to get to 4-under, but dropped a shot at the par-3 ninth to drop back to 3-under.
As is his custom, Ernie Els now quietly sits alone in third place at 4-under through 10 holes. He's in position to put pressure on Scott with a few birdies on the back nine.
With a four-stroke advantage on the field, 54-hold leader Adam Scott will hope to pull off his first career major title on Sunday as the fourth and final round of the 2012 British Open gets underway from Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club.
Scott, who at 11-under par sits an impressive four shots ahead of contenders Graeme McDowell and Brandt Snedeker, carded a 68 on Saturday for his third straight round in red figures. Looming large outside the final group is a trio of former major champions in Tiger Woods (6-under), Ernie Els (5-under) and Zach Johnson (5-under). If Scott is unable to handle the pressure that goes along with entering the final day of a major with an all-too-comfortable lead, then look for proven names like Woods and Els to remain in the hunt for the long haul.
Live television coverage of the final round, as always, can be seen on ESPN, and will begin at 5:00 a.m. CST and run until the tournament wraps up later in the afternoon. To watch the tournament online, you can utilize a live stream at either ESPN3 or TheOpen.com, the British Open's official website. Although the final group will not officially tee off until 8:20 a.m., it will be interesting to see how the day's weather conditions affect some of the initial players on the course.
For a live updated leaderboard, visit Golf.com.
Though Minnesota native Tom Lehman is out, the 2012 British Open rolls along on Sunday for round four as Adam Scott tries to seal a win after taking the lead back from Brandt Snedeker. Scott holds the lead at 11-under with a 2-under round three, while Snedeker relinquished a very solid lead with a poor round three, finishing at 3-over on the day with a score of 73. He's tied with Graeme McDowell for second place at 7-under overall.
Tiger Woods holds the No. 4 spot as he sports a 6-under score, but missed a solid opportunity to make a run at the top three by finishing even for round three. Zach Johnson had the most impressive round three, finishing 4-under on the day to begin round four in fifth place at 5-under. He's tied with Ernie Els to round out the top five.
Below, we've got full tee times for Sunday.
2:20 a.m. - Martin Laird
2:30 a.m. - John Daly and Tom Watson
2:40 a.m. - Jeev Milkha Singh and Rafael Cabrera-Bello
2:40 a.m. - Charles Howell III and Ross Fisher
3 a.m. - Chad Campbell and Andres Romero
3:10 a.m. - Lee Slattery and John Senden
3:20 a.m. - Warren Bennett and Aaron Baddeley
3:30 a.m. - Juvic Pagunsan and Retief Goosen
3:40 a.m. - Bob Estes and Richard Sterne
3:55 a.m. - Rory McIlroy and Fredrik Jacobson
4:05 a.m. - Brendan Jones and Ted Potter Jr.
4:15 a.m. - Thongchai Jaidee and Yoshinori Fujimoto
4:25 a.m. - Gonzalo Fernadez-Castano and Nicolas Colsaerts
4:35 a.m. - Pablo Larrazabal and K.J. Choi
4:45 a.m. - Sang-moon Bae and Adilson Da Silva
4:55 a.m. - Lee Westwood and Toshinori Muto
5:05 a.m. - Geoff Ogilvy and Miguel Angel Jimenez
5:15 a.m. - Ian Poulter and Greg Owen
5:30 a.m. - Branden Grace and Jim Furyk
5:40 a.m. - Rafael Echenique and Troy Matteson
5:50 a.m. - Gary Woodland and Rickie Fowler
6 a.m. - Paul Lawrie and Carl Pettersson
6:10 a.m. - Simon Dyson and Garth Mulroy
6:20 a.m. - Jamie Donaldson and Dale Whitnell
6:30 a.m. - Francesco Molinari and Harris English
6:40 a.m. - Padraig Harrington and Joost Luiten
6:55 a.m. - Steve Stricker and Peter Hanson
7:05 a.m. - Thomas Bjorn and Hunter Mahan
7:15 a.m. - Alexander Noren and Justin Hicks
7:25 a.m. - Matthew Baldwin and Keegan Bradley
7:35 a.m. - Steven Alker and James Morrison
7:45 a.m. - Greg Chalmers and Simon Khan
7:55 a.m. - Anirban Lahiri and Nick Watney
8:05 a.m. - Vijay Singh and Jason Dufner
8:20 a.m. - Luke Donald and Kyle Stanley
8:30 a.m. - Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar
8:40 a.m. - Mark Calcavecchia and Louis Oosthuizen
8:50 a.m. - Bubba Watson and Thomas Aiken
9 a.m. - Bill Haas and Thorbjorn Olesen
9:10 a.m. - Ernie Els and Zach Johnson
9:20 a.m. - Tiger Woods and Brandt Snedeker
9:30 a.m. - Graeme McDowell and Adam Scott
Brandt Snedeker had a tough Saturday at the 2012 British Open, losing the top spot on the leaderboard to Adam Scott after hitting six bogeys and shooting a 3-over 73 on the day. At the end of Round 3, he sits in a tie for second place with Graeme McDowell at 7-under for the tournament.
Scott was solid, shooting a 2-under 68 to move to 11-under on the tournament and take sole possession of first place. Tiger Woods had a shaky start to the day, shooting bogeys on two of his first three holes, but soon settled down and ended the round with a par 70. Woods wrapped up his day in fourth place and five strokes behind Scott.
Zach Johnson was one of the big movers in the round, jumping 10 spots into a tie for fifth place with Ernie Els. Johnson shot a 4-under 66 to finish with a score of 5-under through 54 holes.
After two rounds of play at the 2012 British Open the action is starting to heat up. American golfer Brandt Snedeker leads the field at 10-under, but has Adam Scott right on his heels one stroke behind. Tiger Woods is in third place at 6-under.
The action gets underway at 3:10 a.m. Eastern. Live television coverage starts at 7 a.m. on ESPN. The coverage starts two hours earlier online as ESPN3 begins carrying the action at 5 a.m., before switching over to mirror coverage on its parent network.
Some of the bigger names in the tournament, including Woods and Snedeker, do not tee off until after 9:30 a.m.
Fans can also watch online via a live stream from TheOpen.com, the official website of the British Open.
For a complete leaderboard with live updates, check out Golf.com.
American golfer Brandt Snedeker hit his way into the record books on Friday at the 2012 British Open. Snedeker became the first player in the history of the tournament with a score of 10-under after 36 holes of play. Despite his historic efforts, his lead is far from safe. Adam Scott trails him by just a stroke.
Tiger Woods is behind them in third place at 6-under. Thorbjorn Olesen is in fourth place at 5-under, and five more golfers at tied at 4-under. It sets up what should be an exciting third round on Saturday.
Players start teeing off at 3:10 a.m. Eastern. Paired together, Snedeker and Scott tee off at 10:20 a.m. Woods and Olesen start play ten minutes before them.
Other notable tee times and pairings include:
3:20 a.m. ET - Tom Watson, Lee Westwood
3:30 a.m. ET - Chad Campbell, John Daly
3:40 a.m. ET - Adilson Da Silva, Rickie Fowler
5:15 a.m. ET - Frederik Jacobson, Jim Furyk
9:20 a.m. ET - James Morrison, Steve Stricker
9:40 a.m. ET - Jason Duffner, Graeme McDowell
10:10 a.m. ET - Thorbjorn Olesen, Tiger Woods
10:20 a.m. ET - Adam Scott, Brent Snedeker
For a complete list of tee times and pairings visit TheOpen.com.
A live leaderboard is available from Golf.com.
The only man to ever post a 10-under score after two days at the British Open Championship, 31-year-old Nashville native Brandt Snedeker took full command of the 2012 event with a tournament-low round of 64 on Friday morning.
Despite never making a cut at a British Open in his career, Snedeker holds a one-stroke lead on round one leader Adam Scott, who posted a 3-under 33 on his back nine to card a 67 on Friday. The two talented players will pair together for Saturday's round, which is shaping up to feature plenty of intrigue as former No. 1 Tiger Woods breathes hot on their heels in the second-to-last group.
Woods used a miraculous birdie chip-in from the bunker on the 18th hole to move to 6-under for the tournament in his second round, as he will have 36 holes to make up the four-stroke difference. Woods will be paired with Danish challenger Thorbjorn Olesen on Saturday, after the 22-year-old youngster birdied six of his final 10 holes on Friday to reach 5-under for the championship.
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On Friday, Luke Donald decided to give his regular caddy John McLaren the day off in order to have Robert Karlsson's side-kick, Gareth Lord operate as his bag man for the round.
The result was a 2-under 68, which was two strokes better than his opening round score.
While the improved performance was an added bonus, the caddy switch had nothing to do with the skills of either bag man. The reason McLaren had the day off was because Donald allowed him to attend the birth of his first child.
Via SB Nation:
"For me that was an important thing in my life to be around for [the birth of a child], especially your first one, and enjoy that experience," Donald said. "But I know what he's like. He's very passionate about his job, as well, and he'll get back here when he's ready.
Minnesota native Tom Lehman had a decent first round in the 2012 British Open right up until the end, but couldn't overcome a slow ending to the round and a similarly slow follow-up in the second round. Lehman ended up in a tie for 104th place with a 5-over score.
Currently, American Brandt Snedeker is the surprise leader of the pack with a superb 10-under score, with tournament favorite Tiger Woods falling back to a tie for sixth place.
A full leaderboard for the British Open can be found at Golf.com and the current top 10 can be found below:
1. Brandt Snedeker -10
2. Adam Scott -6
3. Paul Lawrie -5
4. Zach Johnson -3
t4. Graeme McDowell -3
6. Ernie Els -3
t6. James Morrison -3
t6. Tiger Woods -3
9. Steven Alker -2
t9. Luke Donald -2
Friday brings us Round 2 of the 2012 British Open, and Friday's action starts early at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club. Adam Scott currently sits in the lead at 6-under, while tournament favorite Tiger Woods shot a respectable 3-under in Round 1. Austin, Minn., native Tom Lehman struggled on Thursday, posting a score of +3.
Television coverage of the event is provided by ESPN, with coverage starting at 3:30 a.m. CT. WatchESPN is also streaming the action online starting at 3 a.m. CT, with a cable subscription required for some streams but many open to all. Live video is also being provided via The Open Championship's mobile apps, available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
The latest odds for the 2012 British Open are available and Tiger Woods remains the favorite to win the Open Championship, according to Vegas Insider. The line on Tiger improved from 8/1 before Round 1 to 5/1 for the start of Round 2. Adam Scott, the man on top of the leaderboard after Thursday's opening round, currently has odds of 7/1. Odds on a Rory McIlroy victory are currently the same as Scott.
The odds for some other notable golfers include:
A triple-bogey on No. 18 was a rough finish to an otherwise decent first round for Austin, Minn., native Tom Lehman at The Open Championship.
The final hole resulted in a round of a 3-over 73 for Lehman, which has him tied for 99th place. Lehman was one-under after the front nine and recorded just one bogey on the back nine until No. 18.
Adam Scott is atop the leaderboard after shooting a 6-under 64. If he had birdied No. 18 instead of bogey it, he would have shot the lowest round in a major championship. Scott scored three birdies and one bogey on the front nine, with five birdies and the one bogey on the back nine. From holes 11-16, Scott birdied five of the six holes.
Zach Johnson, Nicholas Colsaerts and Paul Lawrie are one stroke behind Scott. Some notable names, including Tiger Woods, are tied for sixth after a 3-under 67. Here is the full leaderboard and below is the top 10.
1. Adam Scott (-6)
T2. Nicholas Colsaerts (-5)
T2. Paul Lawrie (-5)
T2. Zach Johnson (-5)
5. Brandt Snedeker (-4)
T6. Tiger Woods (-3)
T6. Rory McIlroy (-3)
T6. Ernie Els (-3)
T6. Bubba Watson (-3)
T6. Four others tied at -3
Minnesota native Tom Lehman is -1 through five holes at this year's British Open, which began Thursday.
Lehman, who is No. 2 in the 2012 Champions Tour in earnings, birdied the par-4, 481-yard No. 2 and has shot for par on his other four holes thus far.
Tiger Woods, who is No. 1 in the world in earnings, is -4 through 14 holes -- four birdies and 10 pars -- while Australian Adam Scott finished his round atop the leaderboard at -6.
Holes No. 6 and No. 7 -- which Lehman is about to play -- have been kind so far today. Both Woods and Scott birdied each hole.
A list of TV and online viewing options is available here.
The third major of the golf season begins at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club on Thursday morning, as fans looking to catch live action of the famous championship will be forced to wake up bright and early.
The Open's official website will feature a live stream that starts at 11:30 p.m. CST that can also be seen via Facebook and LiveStream. The British Open's iPhone and Android mobile applications will also carry video of the tournament throughout the day.
Television coverage of round one will start on ESPN at 3:30 a.m., and will run through the conclusion of the first day. Immediately after the live coverage concludes, an encore broadcast will replay on ESPN to catch viewers up on what they may have missed during the morning's action.
Things get underway at the 2012 British Open on Thursday, and there are a variety of ways for fans to watch Tiger Woods and the rest of the field online. Streaming coverage via WatchESPN is the primary way to legally stream the tournament. Coverage begins at 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, with some streams requiring a cable subscription but many available to all. There's a live stream of holes 9, 10 and 100 at TheOpen.com, but it is limited to fans in the UK.
This year marks a first for the Open Championship, as it is the first year that streaming coverage will be available via mobile device. Live scoring, video highlights, a guide to the course, a live stream of holes 9, 10 and 11 and more can be found on apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
The 2012 British Open begins early Thursday morning, and Tiger Woods is the early favorite to win the tournament. Odds on a Tiger victory are currently 8/1, according to Vegas Insider. Woods is a three time winner of the Open Championship, winning in 2000, 2005 and 2006. He hasn't won a major since 2008, but his recent form has some thinking that this year is his year.
Odds are not being offered for Minnesota's representative in the field University of Minnesota graduate Tom Lehman won the 1996 British Open but isn't expected to make a run for the title this year.
More odds for notable names:
There's been some press over "unplayable" conditions at Royal Lytham and St. Annes, so when the action starts on Thursday it could be anyone at the top of the leaderboard.
One of the bigger story lines heading into the 2012 British Open surrounds the difficulty some plyers have had with the rough off the fairways of Royal Lytham. The most recognizable player to voice concern was Tiger Woods when he stated that the course was 'almost unplayable.'
Peter Dawson, the chief executive of the Royal & Ancient came to the course's defense and set the record straight.
Via The Guardian:
"The rough is up but the course is reasonably generous on width and most of the players seem happy with it, at least those I have spoken to, maybe 20 or so," Dawson said. "It's nature. We are not starting bailing rough on seaside courses. It grows in the month before the championship. Some years we have a dry summer [and] you get wispy rough; in wetter warmish conditions you get thick rough and a softer course. We don't cut the rough other than the first and second cut."
With rain in the forecast for the days leading up to the start of the tournament it's safe to say the rough issue should be fairly present in this year's tournament.
The tee times and groupings for the first two days of the 2012 British Open have been announced, with some interesting combinations scheduled to play together.
Lee Westwood will be paired with Yoshinori Fujimoto and Bubba Watson, while Tiger Woods will be playing with Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia. Phil Mickelson will start off the first two days with Geoff Ogilvey and Luke Donald while Rory McIlroy will be paired with Louis Oosthuizen and Keegan Bradley.
Here is the complete list of pairings:
1:19 a.m. ET -- Barry Lane, James Driscoll
1:30 a.m. ET -- Richard Finch, Garth Mulroy
1:41 a.m. ET -- Matthew Baldwin, Adilson Da Silva, Tadahiro Takayama
1:52 a.m. ET -- Rafa Echenique, Kodai Ichihara, John Huh
2:03 a.m. ET -- Sandy Lyle, Todd Hamilton, Mark Calcavecchia
2:14 a.m. ET -- Alejandro Canizares, Jeev Milkha Singh, Greg Chalmers
2:25 a.m. ET -- John Daly, Chad Campbell, Michael Hoey
2:36 a.m. ET -- Thongchai Jaidee, Justin Leonard, Simon Khan
2:47 a.m. ET -- David Duval, Raphael Jacquelin, Miguel Angel Jimenez
2:58 a.m. ET -- Stephen Ames, Robert Rock, Kyle Stanley
3:09 a.m. ET -- Stewart Cink, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Johnson Wagner
3:20 a.m. ET -- Jamie Donaldson, Bill Haas, Ye Yang
3:31 a.m. ET -- Davis Love III, Tim Clark, Paul Lawrie
3:42 a.m. ET -- Adam Scott, Alan Dunbar (A), Matt Kuchar
3:58 a.m. ET -- Vijay Singh, Nick Watney, Ian Poulter
4:09 a.m. ET -- Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Zach Johnson
4:20 a.m. ET -- Lee Westwood, Yoshinori Fujimoto, Bubba Watson
4:31 a.m. ET -- Dustin Johnson, Graeme Mcdowell, Hiroyuki Fujita
4:42 a.m. ET -- Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia
4:53 a.m. ET -- Ryo Ishikawa, Martin Kaymer, Tom Watson
5:04 a.m. ET -- Thomas Bjorn, Aaron Baddeley, Charl Schwartzel
5:15 a.m. ET -- Jason Dufner, Martin Laird, Kevin Na
5:26 a.m. ET -- James Morrison, Daniel Chopra, Joost Luiten
5:37 a.m. ET -- Thorbjorn Olesen, Troy Matteson, Thomas Aiken
5:48 a.m. ET -- Brad Kennedy, Mardan Mamat, Steven Tiley
5:59 a.m. ET -- Warren Bennett, Aaron Townsend, Grant Veenstra
6:10 a.m. ET -- Dale Whitnell, Sam Walker, Elliot Saltman
6:31 a.m. ET -- Bob Estes, Steven O'Hara, Brendan Jones
6:42 a.m. ET -- Juvic Pagunsan, Scott Pinckney, Nicholas Cullen
6:53 a.m. ET -- Steven Alker, Lee Slattery, Russ Cochran
7:04 a.m. ET -- Tom Lehman, Pablo Larrazabal, Greg Owen
7:15 a.m. ET -- Marcel Siem, George Coetzee, Chez Reavie
7:26 a.m. ET -- Marcus Fraser, Lucas Glover, Gregory Havret
7:37 a.m. ET -- Charles Howell III, Paul Broadhurst, Richard Sterne
7:48 a.m. ET -- Carl Pettersson, K.T. Kim, Gary Woodland
7:59 a.m. ET -- Ben Curtis, Paul Casey, Trevor Immelman
8:10 a.m. ET -- Robert Karlsson, Mark Wilson, Branden Grace
8:21 a.m. ET -- Harris English, Simon Dyson, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
8:32 a.m. ET -- Angel Cabrera, K.J. Choi, Ross Fisher
8:43 a.m. ET -- Jonathan Byrd, Sang-Moon Bae, Alvaro Quiros
8:59 a.m. ET -- Nicolas Colsaerts, Hunter Mahan, John Senden
9:10 a.m. ET -- Bo Van Pelt, Francesco Molinari, Toshinori Muto
9:21 a.m. ET -- Rory McIlroy, Louis Oosthuizen, Keegan Bradley
9:32 a.m. ET -- Rickie Fowler, Padraig Harrington, Manuel Trappel (A)
9:43 a.m. ET -- Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson, Geoff Ogilvy
9:54 a.m. ET -- Steve Stricker, Toru Taniguchi, Anders Hansen
10:05 a.m. ET -- Peter Hanson, Retief Goosen, Robert Allenby
10:16 a.m. ET -- Jim Furyk, Koumei Oda, Fredrik Jacobson
10:27 a.m. ET -- Marc Leishman, Brandt Snedeker, Alexander Noren
10:38 a.m. ET -- Andres Romero, Jbe Kruger, Richie Ramsay
10:49 a.m. ET -- Ted Potter Jr, Ian Keenan, Andrew Georgiou
11:00 a.m. ET -- Troy Kelly, Morten Orum Madsen, Anirban Lahiri
11:11 a.m. ET -- Prayad Marksaeng, Justin Hicks, Ashley Hall
Entering the 2012 British Open, Tiger Woods is currently the early odds favorite to win the tournament. Despite his concerns over the 'almost unplayable' rough and his inability to win a major over the last four years, the oddsmakers still gave Woods a twice as good shot as any other player in the field.
Here's the latest odds to win at The Open Championship, according to Oddsshark:
Tiger Woods 13/2
Lee Westwood 12/1
Luke Donald 12/1
Padraig Harrington 16/1
Rory McIlroy 16/1
Justin Rose 25/1
Sergio Garcia 28/1
Dustin Johnson 33/1
Francesco Molinari 33/1
Graeme McDowell 33/1
Martin Kaymer 33/1
Phil Mickelson 33/1
Rickie Fowler 35/1
Adam Scott 40/1
Ernie Els 40/1
Hunter Mahan 40/1
Ian Poulter 40/1
Jason Dufner 40/1
Jim Furyk 40/1
Louis Oosthuizen 40/1
Matt Kuchar 40/1
Steve Stricker 40/1
Bubba Watson 50/1
Charl Schwartzel 50/1
Jason Day 50/1
Matteo Manassero 50/1
K.J. Choi 66/1
Nick Watney 66/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 66/1
Peter Hanson 66/1
Ross Fisher 66/1
Alexander Noren 80/1
Fredrik Jacobson 80/1
Henrik Stenson 80/1
Retief Goosen 80/1
Thomas Bjorn 80/1
Zach Johnson 80/1
On Thursday, the 2012 British Open will begin and some golfers have already identified what may be the most difficult aspect of the course, with that being the rough. Due to heavy rains, players have had a difficult time attempting approach shots from the side of the fairways.
The most notable player to voice these concerns was Tiger Woods.
Via The Guardian:
"Oh my God," was the instant Woods reaction when asked about the rough. "In some places it is almost unplayable."
"If it's calm, we can shoot some good scores," he continued. "If it's wet, lush, you've got to be more aggressive. Have to see how it's playing. Some years it's fast and some it's not. The two years I played it was quick. The ball was travelling quite a bit. They've made a few changes in tee boxes, lengthened a few holes but most of the bunker adjustments were made the last time."
In anticipation of the inclement weather in the days leading up to the start of the tournament, Woods participated in a practice round on Sunday. The weather will most likely make the rough that much more difficult.
The 2012 British Open Championship will begin on Thursday in England, as Tom Lehman tries for his second career Open victory.