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British Open 2012: 3 Europeans Who May Win the Claret Jug as Their 1st Major
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With the 141st British Open set to tee off on Thursday morning, the best golfers in the world have converged upon Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club.

The traditional links course favors the Europeans because they are more accustomed to the rigorous conditions. A plethora of bunkers played under softer course conditions promises for an exciting British Open.

The last three Open champions were all first-time major champions—Darren Clarke, Louis Oosthuizen and Stewart Cink. A first-time winner is a distinct possibility in a wide-open field this year.

The following are three Europeans looking to win their first major championship this week at the British Open.

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