Early Storylines Emerging Ahead of the 2014 Open Championship

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Early Storylines Emerging Ahead of the 2014 Open Championship
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The 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) begins July 17. The last time the tournament was contested at Royal Liverpool, Tiger Woods famously employed a driver-less strategy to win the tournament by two strokes.

The win was a particularly emotional one for Woods, as it was his first major since the death of his father, Earl. One of the tournament's enduring images is Woods' tearful embrace with then-caddie Steve Williams. 

Some eight years later, Woods will again be in the field (although that fact seemed doubtful until very recently). The former world No. 1's tournament entry is a significant storyline, as is his return to the site of his clinical display. 

What else is newsworthy in the lead-up to the Open Championship? Click through to see.

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