Open 2012: Bold Predictions for Opening Round (and Beyond) at Royal Lytham

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Open 2012: Bold Predictions for Opening Round (and Beyond) at Royal Lytham
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As we pass from the eve of golf's most historic tournament—the Open Championship—to the dawn of its commencement, the talk and speculation subsists amid the reality of actual links golf being played.

All the talk about Tiger Woods getting off the hump, the incredible bunkers and the opportunity for one of Great Britain’s big three (exclusively those who have never won a major: Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Justin Rose) to finally break through and claim one of golf’s most prestigious championships, is now just talk.

The players must intelligently calculate their way up and down the craziness presented at Royal Lytham & St. Annes for the next four days and 72 holes (possibly more) of treacherous conditions and a wacky layout.

It will be a challenge unlike any other in golf. The 200-plus bunkers in play at Royal Lytham & St. Annes will make life nearly impossible for even the finest players in the field.

That is the first of many bold predictions for this weekend.  

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