With all apologies to the public relations people at the Masters, it’d be just as accurate to label the British Open—or The Open Championship, if you prefer—as "a tradition unlike any other."
Instead of the visual green saturation presented by the typical U.S.-based major golf competition, the U.K.-based Open offers a smorgasbord in brown that’s often accompanied by wicked winds, pelting rains and a distinct look of misery on the faces of players and spectators.
It doesn’t figure to change all that much this week at Royal Liverpool, the 145-year-old club that’ll host the Open for the 12th time in its history and the first time since 2006.
Tiger Woods won the event for the third time that year, scoring the 11th major title in a career that’s been stuck on 14 majors since the 2008 U.S. Open.
Here are some things to keep an eye on as the 2014 championship unfolds: things like pretenders, contenders and even some players who might come from nowhere to be major factors.
Just in case you find yourself in a wagering state of mind when play gets going on Thursday...