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HONOLULU - JANUARY 17: Steve Stricker reacts to a birdie on the 1st hole during the final round of the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club on January 17, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
With the 2012 Open Championship scheduled for next weekend, golf's best players will be gearing up this week. Some will be getting in early practice at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club, while others will be competing at the John Deere Classic at the TPC at Deere Run. The top-ranked golfers may not be in attendance, but some of the up-and-comers and second-tier veterans will be on hand to try to establish themselves on the Tour and have a chance to win a few dollars. Leading the field is Steve Stricker, who is attempting to become just the...
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