The yearly trek to the United Kingdom in July marks one of the most important events on the calendar for the world's top golfers. The Open Championship—also known as the British Open—is the oldest and most prestigious tournament in the world.
Graeme McDowell, Phil Mickelson and 19-year-old sensation Jordan Spieth are all coming off of impressive victories heading into the 2013 British Open. Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Justin Rose are considered favorites to win, along with Mickelson and McDowell.
Television sets across the world will be tuned in to see which players will emerge as true contenders over the course of the four-day event.
Here's a look at the entire TV schedule, followed by a closer look at what to expect at Muirfield—the site of this year's major championship and one of the most hallowed courses on the planet.
Where: Muirfield, Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland
When: Thursday, July 18, to Sunday, July 21
Live Stream: WatchESPN
|Thursday, July 18||4 a.m. to 3 p.m.||1||ESPN|
|Friday, July 19||4 a.m. to 3 p.m.||2||ESPN|
|Saturday, July 20||7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.||3||ESPN|
|Sunday, July 21||6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.||4||ESPN|
The Old Course at St. Andrews stands alone as the oldest and most treasured golf course in the world, but Muirfield's history runs deep, too.
Designed by Old Tom Morris and opened in 1891, it is the current home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers—a club that has been in existence since 1744.
Before this year's British Open, Muirfield had hosted the major championship on 15 previous occasions. Ernie Els—winner of last year's British Open—won his first Claret Jug in 2002 when the Open Championship was last held at Muirfield.
Located on the southern coast of the Firth of Forth, Muirfield is a classic links course that features tight fairways, pot bunkers, a nasty-looking rough and hard, rolling greens.
And while Els laid claim to his first British Open victory in 2002, Muirfield managed to chew up one of the world's golfers and spit him out. Woods shot his worst single-round score in a major in the third round of The Open Championship that year—a 10-over par round of 81.
Woods couldn't master the brutal conditions on the course on that blustery, stormy Saturday afternoon as a brutal squall hit the coast during his round.
According to Weather.com, players should expect to see plenty of sunshine throughout the tournament, but wind off the coast will likely still play a factor in the way players can attack the course.
Can Woods bounce back and finally win his 15th major championship?
Will Els defend his title with another stellar British Open performance?
Will Mickelson finally get off the schneid at The Open Championship with his first win?
Can McIlroy somehow rediscover his game on the big stage?
So many questions and compelling storylines surround this tournament, and fans of golf have plenty to look forward to as the tournament begins Thursday, July 18.
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