Can Tiger Woods justify favourite status?
The golf course at Royal Lytham and St Annes will host the 2012 British Open Golf Tournament this year.
Last year we had a fantastic finish with Darren Clarke holding off the challenge of the two Americans Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson for an overdue major victory.
This year's event is going to be one of the most hotly contested in history with a raft of players in contention to lift the Claret Jug.
What is the Claret Jug?
The famous "Jug" dates from 1872 when it had to be commissioned because Tom Morris Jr – known as "Young Tom Morris" won the previous incarnation three times in a row in 1868,1869 and 1870.
Interestingly there was no open championship in 1871 because the organisers could not decide on an appropriate trophy after Morris had walked away with the spoils for his feat and so the tournament resumed in 1872.
The first Claret Jug would have been won by Tom Morris in 1872 but the decision to commission it had been taken too late for it to be awarded at those championships and instead Tom Morris was awarded a medal in recognition of his victory.
So Morris won the trophy four times in a row although technically there was a year's hiatus so in the history books he goes down as three times consecutive winner.
The Claret Jug was first won by Tom Kidd in 1873 although Tom Morris is the first name inscribed on the jug in recognition of his 1872 win. There's one for you pub quiz fans!
All amateurs who make the final day of the competition are awarded a bronze medal for their efforts.
The Open Championship is the oldest of the four majors in golf and begins on 19th July ending on Sunday the 22nd
A resurgent Tiger Woods will tee it up at Royal Lytham and St Annes along with USPGA champion Keegan Bradley, English hopeful Lee Westwood and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, looking to add another golfing major title to his US Open victory a year ago.
Tiger Woods is hot Favourite at 8/1 but Padraig Harrington looks good value at 20/1 and Lee Westwood is in contention at 16/1.
Looking at the outsiders who have a chance of winning Phil Mickelson looks value at 40/1
This is definitely a tournament where it is worth looking at some of the outsiders – with the rain and wind expected it could play havoc with the field.
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