The Open Championship Opening Drive: Who Will Emerge From the Pack at Muirfield?

By Carl Conrad
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Whether you call it the British Open or the Open Championship, the fact is that the third major championship of the year is finally upon us. This week, the big boys head to Muirfield Golf Course, where Ernie Els will be defending his 2012 title as well as his 2002 title at this track.

Muirfield is widely regarded as one of the finest golf courses in the world and is oft considered the most accessible course in the rotation for the British Open. With that being said, this track is by no means a walk in the park and will test the players from tee to green. It is a 7,192 yard par 71 and has seen about 158 yards added to its length in preparation for the championship. This will be the 16th time that this historic course has hosted the Open Championship.

As with any major, the best of the best in the world are going to be competing. With 74 of the top 75 golfers in the world in attendance, this tournament has just about every name you could hope to see. Tiger Woods is back after a few weeks off during which he was allowing an injured elbow to heal.  Jordan Spieth, who is coming off of a win at the John Deere Classic last week, will test his game in significantly different conditions this week. Phil Mickelson is hoping to capitalize on the momentum from his win at the Scottish Open and thinks that his short game is finally good enough to compete for the title. Adam Scott will do his best to forget about his colossal collapse from last year that allowed Els to secure the victory at Royal Lytham.

The Open Championship has played host to some of the most exciting in the history of the sport. With the field and venue that we get to watch this week I can only hope that we will add another few moments to that list.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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