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Five Stars Seeking Their First Claret Jug at the 2014 British Open

Five Golf Stars Who Could Win Their First Open Championship at Royal Liverpool

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The Open Championship is one of the most storied events in all of sport. It's prize, the Claret Jug, is justifiably on of of the most cherished trophies, with names from Walter Hagen and Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and yes, Tiger Woods immortalized on it.

This week at Royal Liverpool, while everybody has their eyes on the title, these five stars may have a little extra motivation to join that legendary group.

5. Jordan Spieth

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5. Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth 2014 British Open

Stop me if you've heard this one before: 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, in just his second year as a pro, appears to have everything it takes to become a once-in-a-generation talent.

With that bit of gushing praise out of the way, Spieth has been even better this year than he was in 2013, if that's possible. With solid showings in the Masters and the U.S. Open, a first major in the U.K. isn't farfetched at all.

4. Matt Kuchar

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4. Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar British Open

Matt Kuchar plays at such a high level so consistently that it's remarkable he hasn't won a handful of majors already. Still, at 36 years old, that title of "best player to never win a major" is starting to get tossed around more.

That could all change at Hoylake. Kuchar missed his first four Open cuts, but he's found a groove the last two years. Coming off five top-tens and a win in his last ten starts, a major win is all that's left to add.

3. Rory McIlroy

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3. Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy Open Championship

Rory McIlroy already has a U.S. Open and PGA Championship to his name, and it's easy to forget that he's just 25 years old. With all the pressure he obviously felt in making his Olympic plans known, it would certainly be more than just a personal achievement to win the biggest tournament in Europe.

McIlroy has struggled at the Open lately, but with his resurgent form in 2014, he's one of the favorites to take it down this weekend.

2. Lee Westwood

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2. Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood Open Championship

Lee Westwood has won tournaments on every major continent. He's got 11 top-ten finishes in majors since 2009, including three top-three placements in the Open. For Westwood, the English star who replaced Tiger Woods as the world's No. 1 back in 2010, the Claret Jug absolutely means as much to him as anybody else on the planet.

1. Adam Scott

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1. Adam Scott

Adam Scott Open Championship

Adam Scott, the Aussie star currently situated at the top of the golf world, could easily have two Claret Jugs to his credit. Were it not for a heartbreaking collapse in 2012 and Phil Mickelson's incredible Sunday run at Muirfield, he probably would.

Certainly expecting such greatness three years in a row is a lot to ask, but if there's anybody who can do it, it's Scott, who continues to impress with each appearance.