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Weather is luck of the draw

‘But that’s part and parcel of the Open Championship’
The latest forecast for Thomas Bjorn and the British Open – hold your umbrellas – is for rain today, ending sometime Thursday morning, followed by something called a “dry spell” that could last into the weekend, accompanied by gusts anywhere from 15 mph to 25 mph, more or less.
Pot bunkers that are staggered down the fairway and surround the green were all the talk Tuesday at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, and no doubt they will play a critical role in deciding who has his name engraved on the British Open’s claret jug.
British Open

LYTHAM, England – The 156-man field for the 141st British Open, to be played July 19-22 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes (players listed only in first category for which they are eligible). Two spots are available Sunday at the Scottish Open and John Deere Classic:
British Open champions 60 or under July 22: Darren Clarke, Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink, Padraig Harrington, Tiger Woods, Todd Hamilton, Ben Curtis, Ernie Els, David Duval, Paul Lawrie, Justin Leonard, Tom Lehman, John Daly, Mark Calcavecchia, Sandy Lyle.
British Open champs from the top 10 in last 5 Opens: Tom Watson.
Top 10 and ties from 2011 British Open: Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Thomas Bjorn, Chad Campbell, Rickie Fowler, Raphael Jacquelin, Sergio Garcia, Simon Dyson, Davis Love III.
Top 50 from world ranking on May 20: Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer, Adam Scott, Jason Dufner, Charl Schwartzel, Graeme McDowell, Bill Haas, Keegan Bradley, Peter Hanson, Brandt Snedeker, Nick Watney, Zach Johnson, Ian Poulter, K.J. Choi, Bo Van Pelt, Martin Laird, Nicolas Colsaerts, Francesco Molinari, Mark Wilson, John Senden, Carl Pettersson, Bae Sang-moon, Jim Furyk, Alvaro Quiros, Robert Karlsson, Fredrik Jacobson, Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley, Anders Hansen, Kevin Na.
Top 30 from European Tour’s Race to Dubai in 2011: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Alex Noren, Pablo Larrazabal, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Thomas Aiken, Joost Luiten, Michael Hoey, George Coetzee, Gregory Havret, Richie Ramsay, Paul Casey, Rafael Cabrera Bello.
BMW PGA Championship winners (3 years): 2012, Simon Khan.
Top 3 players from 2012 Race to Dubai on May 27: Branden Grace, Jbe Kruger, Robert Rock.
Top 2 European Tour members, not otherwise exempt, in a cumulative money list from 7 European Tour events through the Irish Open: Thongchai Jaidee, Richard Sterne.
Leading player, not otherwise exempt, from the top 5 in the French Open and Scottish Open: Marcel Siem, TBD.
U.S. Open champions (5 years): Lucas Glover.
Masters champions (5 years): Angel Cabrera, Trevor Immelman.
PGA champions (5 years): Y.E. Yang.
Players Championship (3 years): Tim Clark.
Tour Championship field: Charles Howell III, Gary Woodland, Vijay Singh, Chez Reavie, Jonathan Byrd.
Top 3 from the FedEx Cup standings on May 20: Johnson Wagner, Kyle Stanley, John Huh.
Top 2 PGA Tour members, not exempt, in a cumulative money list from The Players Championship and the 5 PGA Tour events through The Greenbrier Classic: Marc Leishman, Ted Potter Jr.
Leading player, not otherwise exempt, form the top 5 in the Greenbrier Classic and John Deere Classic: Troy Kelly, TBD.
2011 Presidents Cup team members: Robert Allenby, Retief Goosen, Ryo Ishikawa, K.T. Kim.
Winner of the Asian Tour Order of Merit for 2011: Juvic Pagunsan.
Winner of the Australasian Tour Order of Merit for 2011: Greg Chalmers.
Winner of the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit for 2011: Garth Mulroy.
Top 2 players, not already exempt, on the 2011 Japan Golf Tour money list: Tadahiro Takayama, Toru Taniguchi.
Leading 4 players, not already exempt, in the 2012 Mizuno Open: Brad Kennedy, Toshinori Muto, Koumei Oda, Hiroyuki Fujita.
Top 2 players, not already exempt, from a cumulative money list on the Japan Golf Tour through the Mizuno Open: Yoshinori Fujimoto, Brendan Jones.
2011 Senior British Open champion: Russ Cochran.
British Amateur champ: Alan Dunbar.
European Amateur champ: Manuel Trappel.
International Final Qualifying (Australasia): Nicholas Cullen, Ashley, Hall, Aaron Townsend.
International Final Qualifying (Africa): Adilson Da Silva, Andrew Georgiou, Grant Veenstra
International Final Qualifying (Asia): Kodai Ichihara, Anirban Lahiri, Mardan Mamat, Praya Marksaeng
International Final Qualifying (America): Harris English, Greg Owen, Daniel Chopra, Stephen Ames, Justin Hicks, James Driscoll, Bob Estes, Andres Romero.
International Final Qualifying (Europe): James Morrison, Sam Walker, Jamie Donaldson, Alejandro Canizares, Marcus Fraser, Richard Finch, Ross Fisher, Matthew Baldwin, Thorbjorn Olesen, Lee Slattery.
Local Final Qualifying: Paul Broadhurst, Barry Lane, Rafael Echenique, Dale Whitnell, Warren Bennett, Steven Tiley, Scott Pinckney, Steven O’Hara, Steven Alker, Morten Orum, Ian Keenan, Elliot Saltman.
Associated Press

Weather is luck of the draw

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The latest forecast for Thomas Bjorn and the British Open – hold your umbrellas – is for rain today, ending sometime Thursday morning, followed by something called a “dry spell” that could last into the weekend, accompanied by gusts anywhere from 15 mph to 25 mph, more or less.
GLF
Pot bunkers that are staggered down the fairway and surround the green were all the talk Tuesday at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, and no doubt they will play a critical role in deciding who has his name engraved on the British Open’s claret jug.
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