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Oh, How Things Have Changed Since the Last Open Championship

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Set those alarm clocks bright and early because for the first time in two years it's British Open week. The world's best will navigate the heavily sloped contours of Royal St. George's in pursuit of (still) Shane Lowry's Claret Jug. 

Just how different was the world last time we saw the Open? Well, Tom Brady was under center in New England and Zion Williamson had not yet competed in the NBA. 

Speaking of not competing, a number of noteworthy withdrawals are an indication of the strict protocols players were greeted with this week in the U.K. So strict, in fact, that Kevin Na, said "Na Thanks" to his British Open invite. 

History may be just around the corner for Lee Westwood, but not the kind he would have ever hoped to make. We break down the dubious record he may break this week, and much more in this major championship edition of "Up and Down".

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