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The Open preview

The Open preview

The Open 2011: 'Sometimes bounces blow you away and sometimes they don't'

IN THE locker room at the Open this week you will find a love of links golf, a near emotional attachment to the greatest courses by the sea. Ask them about St Andrews, Muirfield and Birkdale; Turnberry, Carnoustie and Lytham, and the players will coo like birds. Ask about this week's venue at Royal St George's and if they were honest, the reaction would be different.

Peter Whiteford no longer playing the waiting game

Peter Whiteford has spent ten years on the fringes but, as our reporter discovers, now he's ready to prove he deserves to be among the big names

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The Open 2011: Who are the young Americans?

In the 48 majors from the 1996 US Open to the 2007 Masters a player from the United States was victorious on 34 occasions, a win ratio of 71 per cent.

Luke Donald knocking on an Open door

The world No.1's record of 15 top-ten finishes in 17 tournaments means he has to be a serious contender for the Claret Jug, if only he can rediscover the links play of his youth

The Open 2011: Bond's battle royal

Ian Fleming's secret agent has fought all kinds of bad guy in all kinds of places but one of 007's more unusual encounters came on a thinly-diguised version of this year's Open venue

The Open 2011: 'The U.S. won't taste victory at sandwich'

Tiger Woods' former coach Hank Hainey has low expectations for those from across the Pond

Open in fine health as sales buck recession

WITH ticket sales ahead of levels from five years ago and corporate hospitality having also picked up quite a bit since the start of the year, the R & A is confident the economic benefit of this year's Open Championship – the 28th to be staged at St Andrews – will exceed the £72 million it generated in 2005.

Open 2009: Norman tamed Turnberry to end his major wait

WHEN Greg Norman first teed up at Turnberry in 1977, he was 22-years-old. Suffused with the confidence of youth, the Australian reckoned the Ailsa was there for the taking.

Open 2009: Grit and luck key to Harrington's Open hat-trick bid, says Thomson

AS the only living golfer who understands exactly what's in store for Padraig Harrington as he attempts to win three consecutive Open titles – the Australian pulled off the feat at Hoylake in 1956 – Peter Thomson reckons the Irishman's chances of making a mark on history are in "the lap of the gods."

Open 2009: Saltmans at ease as they get used to life in the limelight

IT IS unusual for an older brother to learn from the experience of a younger one, but when Elliot Saltman tees-off on Thursday afternoon at the Open, he will have benefited from the wisdom amassed when Lloyd, three years his junior, competed in such a distinguished manner at the Old Course in 2005.

Open 2009: Lyle defends his decision to quit last year's Open

A year after he was ridiculed for an ignominious retreat at Birkdale in the worst of the weather, Lyle has defended his actions, insisting he would make the same judgment in the same circumstances.

Open 2009: Rising young Japanese star is paired with Woods and Westwood

THE 138th Open Championship will begin at 6.30 on Thursday morning when Paul Broadhurst, Michael Campbell and Mark Calcavecchia are called to the first tee.

Open 2009: Champion down two places in rankings despite Irish PGA victory

PADRAIG Harrington has dropped a further two places in the world rankings as he prepares for his bid to win the Open for a third year running.

Open 2009: Lawrie dismisses claims that Love ridiculed him in 1999 as 'nonsense'

TEN years after Paul Lawrie won the Open at Carnoustie, the only Scot apart from Sandy Lyle to lift the Claret Jug finds himself grouped on the Ailsa with Davis Love III at Turnberry in a pairing which still raises eyebrows.

Relieved Levet lands late invite

FIVE weeks after playing "like a monkey" and then being disqualified from the qualifying competition, Thomas Levet was yesterday handed a place in the Open at Turnberry.

Open 2009: Weekley to play 'until I can't play no more'

AMERICAN Ryder Cup player Boo Weekley has no intention of skipping this week's Open, despite struggling with a lingering shoulder injury.

Saltman on Saltman

AT turnberry this week, Lloyd and Elliot Saltman will become the first brothers to play in an Open Championship since Jumbo and Joe Ozaki in 1992.

Tom English: 'Harrington is a wounded animal – and a dangerous one'

YOU'RE GOING to have a bet on the Open, right? Ah hell, why not? The Grand National and the Open championship – the two sporting events in the calendar where you've gotta have a flutter. Well, lucky you. Because I've done all the groundwork already.

Ailsa can make it rough at the top

THE GAME has changed in so many ways you couldn't list them here, but some things don't alter. The plaintive cries of the competitors are the same now as they were then, when Nick Price, Greg Norman and Tom Watson were kings of Turnberry.

Tiger Tales

HE FIRST competed for the Old Claret Jug in 1995 over the Old Course at St Andrews, a place he has since made his own. One year later he was low amateur, his closing 66 at Royal Lytham enough to claim a tie for 22nd place, as well as the coveted silver medal. And four summers after that, he was the "champion golfer of the year" for the first of three – so far at least – times.

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