British Open 2012 Odds: Handicapping the Field

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British Open 2012 Odds: Handicapping the Field
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Darren Clarke is the defending champ, Tiger Woods a former champ; both looking for one more Claret Jug.

Golf's third major of the year, The British Open—or as it's better known, The Open—will be played July 19-22 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

The host course, Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, located in northwest England, first hosted The Open in 1926 and entered the rotation in 1952. It will be the 11th time that the course hosts The Open.

This year marks the first time that consecutive British Opens will be held outside Scotland since 1952 and the first time ever for consecutive British Opens in England.

The last time The Open was played at Royal Lytham & St Annes was in 2001, when David Duval was at the peak of his game and won by three strokes over Sweden's Niclas Fasth.

Tied for third that year with five others—including Ernie Els, who won the year after—was this year's defending champ, Darren Clarke.

Clarke will be looking to become the first champion to repeat since Padraig Harrington did it in 2007-08. Tiger Woods won it the previous two years, in 2005-06.

Playing at Royal Lytham & St Annes means you better bring your A-game for your sand saves. The course has over 200 bunkers, so when you start looking at someone to win, look no further than the top players in that category.

Let's take a look at the players with the best odds, according to

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