Darren Clarke on the ninth hole during a practice round on Tuesday. His best performance in a British Open came in 1997 when he tied for second behind Justin Leonard at Royal Troon. He finished third in 2001 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
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Micklelson surely hopes he won't need this shot once the tournament begins.
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Masters champion Zach Johnson putted on the 14th green Tuesday. The 2007 Masters champion is playing in his fourth straight British Open but has had little success, missing the cut in each of his previous three trips.
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Australia's Adam Scott has three wins on the PGA Tour and five wins on the European Tour, but he's never finished better than T34 in the British Open.
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Tiger Woods, who practiced Monday at Carnoustie in the rain, is trying to win his third consecutive British Open.
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Woods will play Thursday in a group that includes the man who won the Open the last time it was held at Carnoustie: Scotland's Paul Lawrie.
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A fan braved the nasty weather during the practice rounds Monday.
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Nick Faldo, who has won three British Open Championships, played a practice round in the rain Monday.
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Woods played out of the rough during his practice round.
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Jim Furyk will play his first round with Niclas Fasth and Nick Dougherty Thursday at 8:31 a.m. EST.
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Woods tees off on the par-3 15th at Carnoustie.
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Phil Micklelson's injured wrist will be put to the test by the thick rough at Carnoustie. His best performance at a British Open came in 2004, when he finished third at Royal Troon, his only top 10 in the event.
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Having turned pro the year before, 2006 U.S. Open winner Geoff Ogilvy missed the cut back in 1999 when the British Open was last played at Carnoustie. But the Australian should feel at home on the links because, according to the Open Championship media guide, Ogilvy is a distant descendant of Scotland's King of Bannockburn, Robert the Bruce!
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Angel Cabrera, the surprise winner at Oakmont, was not too pleased with this shot during Tuesday's practice round. The Argentine has had mixed results at the British Open: he missed the cut in four of his last six appearances but finished seventh in 2006 at Royal Liverpool.
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Few players in the field at Carnoustie this week have a record as solid as Ernie Els' in Open Championships. The South African won the Claret Jug in 2002 at Muirfield in a playoff over Thomas Levet, Stuart Appleby and Steve Elkington. Els was a runner-up in 1996 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, 2000 at St. Andrews and 2004 at Royal Troon. He finished third in 2006 at Royal Liverpool.
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Jim Furyk has finished fourth twice at the British Open, in 1997 at Royal Troon and in 2006 at Royal Liverpool. Before last year's strong performance, however, he had missed the cut five consecutive times.
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Spain's Sergio Garcia is playing in his 11th British Open this year. Although he has yet to win a major championship he has finished tied for fifth at the British Open in each of the last two years and has three other Top 10 finishes in the event since 2000.
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Tiger Woods studied Carnoustie's greens Tuesday morning. Woods has won the British Open three times, including the last two, but he ranks 118th on the PGA Tour in putts per round (29.47).
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A professional for 20 years, Scotland's Colin Montgomerie will once again be England's sentimental favorite at the Open Championsip. While Montgomerie's best finish in a British Open was runner-up to Tiger Woods in 2005 at St. Andrews, if he finds himself in a playoff Sunday evening, don't bet on him to win it--Montgomerie is 0-2 in playoffs on the PGA Tour and 0-7-1 in playoffs on the European Tour.
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England's Luke Donald got married in June and now looks to become the first European player to win a major since the British Open was last hosted at Carnoustie in 1999. However, Donald missed the cut in his first five appearences in the British Open and has since finished T52 and T35.
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Since winning the Claret Jug in 1995 at St. Andrews, John Daly's results at the British Open have not been great. He has missed the cut five times and finished T15 (2005), T66 (Royal Lytham and St. Annes) and T72 (Royal St. George's).
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By his standards, England's Ian Poulter dressed rather conservatively Tuesday. Known as one of the flashiest young players on the European Tour, he's never had a top 10 finish in a British Open. His best result to date is a tie for 11th at St. Andrews in 2005.
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Tiger Woods watched his approach shot to the 18th green Tuesday. To win his third straight Open, he'll need steady nerves as he hits over the Barry Burn.
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Woods hit an iron into the 13th green at Carnoustie.
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