Posted July 11, 2013 on AP on Fox
Ten things to know about the British Open starting on Thursday at Muirfield. The course has hosted the tournament 15 times before, from 1892 to 2002: -- THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL Muirfield is considered the purest of the links courses in the British Open rotation. Blind shots are rare. Nothing is hidden. The course forms two loops, with the front nine running clockwise around the perimeter, and an inner loop for the back nine that goes counterclockwise. This means golfers face wind from all directions. --- ROLL CALL OF CHAMPIONS No other course that has hosted the British Open for a century features such a world-class list of champions. Every winner after World War II is in the World Golf Hall of Fame. This will be the 16th Open at Muirfield. All but two champions - Alfred Perry in 1935 and Ted Ray in 1912 - are in the Hall of Fame. --- THE BIG EASY For the first time since 1994, the defending champion is also the last player to win on the golf course. Ernie Els won last year...
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