Five things to know: British Open

Originally Published: July 13, 2010
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1. Major bummer for Tiger
Tiger Woods finished T-4 in each of this year's first two majors, but eight consecutive majors have now been played (including six with Tiger) without a Woods win. It's the third-longest stretch since he turned professional that Woods has gone winless in majors.

2. Old hat on the Old Course
In each of the past two Open Championships held at St. Andrews (2000, 2005), Tiger Woods has lifted the Claret Jug. A third win would make him just the fifth player -- and first in 96 years -- to win a major three times at the same venue (not including the Masters). The previous four winners were Open champions at Prestwick Golf Club, where the first 12 Opens and 15 of the first 21 were held.

3. Open-and-shut case
This will be the 28th Open Championship held at the Old Course at St. Andrews, the most by any venue for any major (except the Masters). Prestwick is next on the list with 24.

4. A sign of things to come?
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are the only two players with top-10 finishes in each of the season's first two majors. Mickelson, who has five runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open without a win, has not fared as well overseas. He has only one top-10 in 15 appearances as a professional at the Open Championship, and he missed last year's Open to tend to his ailing wife.

5. Working double duty
Graeme McDowell, who won last month's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, will be taking aim at his second consecutive major tournament victory. Since 1960, only three men have won both the U.S. Open and Open Championship in the same season: Tiger Woods, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino. Two of them -- Woods and Watson -- won their U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. And Woods managed to pull off the Pebble Beach/St. Andrews double.

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