It's that time of year again folks.
The British Open is back, and come Thursday, the world will turn its head to Scotland, the home of the historic St. Andrews, as the world's best golfers will meet to compete for yet another Open win.
Just like any other major, questions surround the 2010 British Open.
Both positive and negative, critics, experts, and fans alike are predicting and asking themselves questions as to what will happen this time around at St. Andrews.
Come Thursday, we will have some questions answered; however, more and more will arise.
With that being said, here are 10 burning questions heading into Day One of the British Open.
Graeme McDowell emerged from the U.S. Open as a great Cinderella story; he emerged as a humble and heart-felt surprise; and more importantly, he emerged as a winner.
Now that McDowell can put a major win next to his name, how will he fair not only in the British Open, but in the rest of the majors he takes part in?
Will he go down as just another lucky guy to win a major, or is he just beginning to start his road to prominence?
Graeme McDowell is definitely a must-watch heading into Day One at St. Andrews.
These men that we will be watching are professional athletes and they probably know how to get used to the drastic time change that they will have to go through, but could it not be a huge factor not only in Day One, but the entire tournament as well?
I mean, honestly, who wants to get up and golf at what would be about four o'clock in the morning?
That will be the case for the slew of Americans heading overseas to golf in the British Open.
You can argue that the veterans are used to such occasions as they have played in their share of British Opens, but sleep is sleep.
Should be interesting if we see some occasional yawns from foreigners here and there.
In every major, we see some young players that are still pretty much "kids" that seem to do well. Sometimes champions are born, and other times, we're just seeing the youth luck paying off.
There's no doubt, the PGA Tour has a great group of young players, and it seems that we see a couple of younger players that stay in contention over the weekend.
The latest specimen is 26-year-old Dustin Johnson.
Johnson had a great early showing at the U.S. Open and he went into the Final Round shooting a 62 the day before; unfortunately for him, on Sunday, things didn't go his way. Johnson took a couple of steps back by shooting a rugged 82.
We will see a young gun stumble into contention come the weekend, but the the question is, who will it be?
A good start is vital for all sports, and golf is no exception.
Those who get off to a good start could have smooth sailing as the day progresses and on into Day Two.
If you get off to a good start, anything can happen.
Keep an eye out for those that are hot early and stay hot. We'll see a handful that start hot, but you have to finish it to close out the win.
Stewart Cink... Ever heard of him?
Of course we have.
Cink won the British Open in 2009 at Turnberry and he comes in this week as a big contender and someone that could easily pull off a repeat, which isn't out of the ordinary in this event.
Now given, Turnberry and St. Andrews are two totally different places, so he'll have to bring his game, but with a guy like Stewart Cink trying to capture another major, it's always possible.
Get used to this kind of scene, as the weather is supposed to be ugly throughout the week in Southport. If you're attending, make sure you have your umbrellas and ponchos handy!
Thursday's forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of rain, with some wind gusts that could easily effect the players approaches coming into the Open Championship.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday also have decent chances for rain, but neither like what Thursday brings.
The temperature looks to be the same throughout the week, so there's no reason that will cause problems.
It will be interesting to see how the players decide to play at St. Andrews with Mother Nature looking to have a mind of her own.
She could separate the contenders from the pretenders rather early.
As we speak, Vegas is probably booming with bets and the odds on who will win this year's British Open. While, there are always those that get off to good starts, there is also those that supposed to be in high contention that get off to slow starts.
This is a golfer's worst nightmare. All they need is to get off to a bad start and dig themselves a hole that they can not get seem to get back out of, no matter how well they do.
Believe it or not, we will see a couple of very talented golfers that this happens to. It's possible for anyone: Tiger, Mickelson, Furyk, Els, Cink, and Watson are all prone to such things.
Who will it be this time?
Time will tell.
Ah the historic St. Andrews; a trademark and icon itself for the game of golf.
St. Andrews is one of golf's most challenging courses, and with some recent changes, it won't be any easier for the players.
One significant tweak for the 2010 British Open this week will be the lengthening of the famous "Road Hole," also known as hole No. 17. That difficult hole will now play about 40 yards longer.
Along with 17, No. 11 and No. 14 will pose as challenges to the participants and those who can achieve par on these respective holes should consider themselves winners.
St. Andrews will play a huge part in the Open. Along with the weather, it won't be a nice combination for the players...
However, St. Andrews and Tiger Woods is quite the combination.
If you remember, the last two times we witnessed the British Open at St. Andrews (2000 and 2005), Tiger brought home the championship.
If there is such a course that feels like home for Tiger, St. Andrews has to be it.
Everyone has a feeling that this could be the tournament that Tiger comes back and finally wins an event; it's this or nothing as many see it.
And let's be honest, his streak of consecutive weeks at No. 1 is in jeopardy and he needs something to protect and retain it.
Now's the time Tiger. The world is waiting.
Wait... Tiger isn't No. 1 on this list? Who would have thought it?
Golf's other superstar, Phil Mickelson, has been on the outside looking in for 200 some-odd weeks now, and he has had his chance to take over, but this is yet another prime chance for Lefty.
If Mickelson has a good showing this week, he could easily be sitting atop the golf world come next Monday.
If not, once again, Phil will be hot on Tiger's trail and he will try to avenge the No. 1 overall spot some other day.
For once in awhile, Tiger Woods may not be the most talked about subject in a major golf event. At least I don't think so as of right now.