British Open 2013: Hottest, Coldest Golfers Heading into Year's Third Major

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British Open 2013: Hottest, Coldest Golfers Heading into Year's Third Major
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The 2013 British Open gets underway on Thursday, and while some of the best players in the world are completely on their respective games coming off of victories, others are not sporting such fine form.

Several of the game's premier young talents are rather streaky, and it's showing—in both positive and negative ways—ahead of the 142nd edition of golf's oldest major championship.

Tiger Woods still enters Muirfield Golf Links as the favorite despite not competing since the U.S. Open due to a strained elbow. The world No. 1 began the season winning four times before his recent funk, which was brought on by injury, so counting that against him would be unfair.

However, let's take a look at some of the other notable competitors who are hot and cold entering the year's third of four marquee events.

Note: Statistics are courtesy of PGATour.com and EuropeanTour.com. British Open information was obtained from the official website. Tournament history can be located at the Official World Golf Ranking.

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