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The 146th Open: Put your knowledge of Royal Birkdale to the test!

18 Julio 2017, 07:25 | Cornelio Vivanco

SERGIO GARCIA is not only a victor in golf but also in love. Even trash-collector girls stopped working to get a glimpse at the English amateur making a run at the claret jug on home turf. The only champion who is not (or eventually will be) in the Hall of Fame is 1991 victor Ian Baker-Finch (and he won almost 20 pro events worldwide in his career).

"A remarkably close competition at Royal Birkdale went right to the end with the US and Great Britain level on 15-and-a-half each, with Jacklin and Nicklaus also level heading into the 18th following the Englishman's dramatic 35-foot eagle the hole before", says Sky Sports.

Spieth won the Travelers Championship in late June, and he had a second-place finish in the Dean & Deluca Invitational in late May. And then he's off to Texas for his marriage July 29 to Angela Akins.

Lee Westwood plans to use "cunning and guile" to plot his way to a first major victory at his 78th attempt.

A course like Royal Birkdale lends itself to a high probability of a playoff.

"It's going to be where it has to be this week", Garcia said. But it will be great to have so many people out there rooting for you. But we have something that we're also extremely excited about this week. He's vaulted all the way to number 8 in the world but this is only his second time playing a British Open.

And now it's up for grabs again.

He will now be required to hand the Claret Jug back to the R&A ahead of this week's championship, but Stenson plans to take the famous trophy to new heights should he defend his title.

World No1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy will play together in the first two rounds of the British Open at Royal Birkdale. Royal Birkdale rewards the consistent player over the guy who can go low, which just might set up perfectly for the twenty-eight year old bulldog. He has one other win on his 2017 résumé in addition to last week's Irish Open. "Because these good feelings don't come around that often".

To a former coach and mentor, Fleetwood is not just a sentimental pick this week but a logical one.

Henrik Stenson became the first Swedish man to win a golf major title, outplaying Phil Mickelson down the stretch with four birdies on the final five holes to claim a three-stroke victory at Royal Troon. Stenson joined Johnny Miller as the only players to shoot 63 in the final round to win a major.

Asked about his chances of more Spanish sporting success, Garcia said: "It would be fantastic".

Days later, the moment was recreated in Lego form and got the attention of Rose's kids and his three-year-old nephew, Billy. So that's pretty much more of the same that I've been able to do in a lot of majors and at The Open. "If I only had one major, this would've been the one that I'd have wanted".

Garcia swears the Masters didn't change him.

A year ago we saw a titanic tussle between Swede Henrik Stenson and American Phil Mickelson, the pair where so far ahead of the field that the camera men had little need to divert their attention anywhere other than the final playing pair.

The course has been measured at 7,156 yards and will play to a par-70, marginally shorter than in 2008. So winds. I think the premium is going to be on tee-to-green. "I'm hoping that I will be, but unfortunately, it doesn't work like that every week".

"I might have hit the odd shot but that was about as far as it goes". He grew up playing this course.

The Masters defined his career. When the Open was here in 2008, this ranked as the fifth-hardest hole on the PGA Tour that season. This year has simply been better. And obviously Rafa winning Roland Garros as well.

"I would be happy".

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