British Open Golf 2011: Breaking Down the Top American Performances at the Open

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British Open Golf 2011: Breaking Down the Top American Performances at the Open
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All the glory of the 2011 British Open belongs to Darren Clarke, and rightfully so. The 42-year-old Northern Irishman set the pace at Royal St. George's, never finishing a round over par to finish atop the leaderboard at five under par.

And though this was the sixth Major in a row in which an American had failed to win, there was still plenty of reason for optimism that this dubious streak may soon come to an end next month at the 2011 PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club-Highlands Course.

Six of the top ten finishers at this year's Open were Yanks, all of whom played exceptional golf through difficult conditions over the course of the weekend to remain in contention until the very end.

With that in mind, let's have a look at how each of these six Americans managed to come so close to hoisting the Claret Jug.

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