British Open Predictions 2012: 6 Hometown Heroes Who Will Shine at Royal Lytham

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British Open Predictions 2012: 6 Hometown Heroes Who Will Shine at Royal Lytham
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After more than a decade without a British Open champion who called the United Kingdom home, Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke won the 2011 Open by three strokes. The tournament, which had been won by British natives in every year but one of the first 60 years of play, has now been won by golfers from five continents.

Though the British crowd gives great support to all the competitors, nothing excites the fans quite like a hometown hero making a run at the Claret Jug. This year offers a prime opportunity for the U.K.'s best to win the Open in consecutive years for the first time since 1947-48.

Of the top-10 ranked golfers in the world, four are UK citizens, including each of the top three golfers, and several others a bit down the ladder still have the talent and experience to contend deep into Sunday.

Here we look at the six hometown heroes with the best chance of keeping the Claret Jug at home.

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