2014 British Open: 10 Top Storylines at Royal Liverpool

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2014 British Open: 10 Top Storylines at Royal Liverpool
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For the first time this year, a major golf tournament will have a complete field of top players when the pros convene at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake, for The Open Championship.

While other stories may appear during the tournament, there are some that stand out as the most prominent and newsworthy occurrences that will catch our attention.

Tiger Woods will return from back surgery to play in his first major of the year. Phil Mickelson will seek to win consecutive Open Championships. Adam Scott will look to bolster his position as the No. 1 player in the world.

In fact, 49 of the top 50 players listed in the current official world golf rankings will be in the field. Only Steve Stricker, the 19th player on the list, has opted out.

Also, veteran past champions, like Tom Watson and Nick Faldo, will match up against a bevy of surging young players, including Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, to challenge the famous Royal Liverpool course where Tiger won in 2006. The topics that stand out will be the ones centered on the players who have shown greatness in the past and the potential to deliver it again in the future. 

Then, there's the course itself. Set by the sea and susceptible to wind and rain, the heavily bunkered Royal Liverpool can be a royal pain if the weather doesn’t cooperate and is sure to be a talking point throughout the tournament. 

With all that in mind, here are 10 top storylines going into the 2014 British Open.

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