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How Will Tiger Woods Fare in His First Major of the Year?
Let's not kid ourselves. While there are plenty of great stories and players to follow at this year's Open Championship, nothing is as big as Tiger's return.
Woods missed the first two majors of the year after having back surgery this spring, and now, in only his second tournament back, he'll be competing at Royal Liverpool where he won in 2006.
Woods talked with Bob Harig of ESPN after his first practice round on the course and said that he is feeling great:
I'm not favoring anything. The little baby steps worked. We were very diligent about what I was doing. Going into it we pushed it pretty hard to get my abs and glutes strong so when I did come back I was able to rebound fast. I can do whatever I want. I'm at that point now. We didn't think we'd get to that point until this tournament or the week after.
Can Phil Mickelson Defend His Title?
Last year, Mickelson won his first British Open title and finally conquered the links courses that had bothered him for so much of his career.
Lefty has not had a great year on the PGA Tour, but he still feels good about his game heading back to the Open Championship.
"I'm able to go there as a past champion, as opposed to a foreign player who has never been able to conquer links golf," Mickelson said to The Associated Press (via the Boston Herald).
"I just go there with a whole different confidence level."
Will Justin Rose Keep His Winning Ways Going?
Tiger and Phil might be hogging the headlines, but Rose is the hottest golfer in the men's game right now.
The 2013 U.S. Open winner has won back-to-back tournaments at the Quicken Loans National and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open this month.
The popular British golfer will have the support of the home crowd this week, and it will be exciting to see if he can keep his winning streak going and win his second major on home turf.