British Open stars before they were cool

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Tiger Woods, 1995

A 19-year-old Tiger Woods enters the Road Hole bunker at the 1995 British Open at St. Andrews. Woods finished T68 in the tournament. Woods won his first British Open five years later when the Open returned to St. Andrews in 2000.
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Rory McIlroy, 2007

Rory McIlroy finished T42 and was low amateur in his first Open Championship start at Carnoustie in 2007. At St. Andrews in 2010, McIlroy tied the course record with a first-round 63 and finished T3.
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Tom Watson, 1975

Tom Watson won the Open Championship at Carnoustie in his 1975 debut. The links masters has won the Open five times, and almost won in 2009 at age 59.
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Adam Scott, 2000

A 19-year-old Adam Scott missed the cut in his Open Championship debut at St. Andrews in 2000.
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Lee Trevino, 1969

Lee Trevino at the 1969 British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. He finished T34 in his Open debut, but later won the 1971 and 1972 British Opens.
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Justin Rose, 1998

Seventeen-year-old amateur Justin Rose holed his third shot from the fairway at Royal Birkdale in 1998 to finish fourth. The next day he turned professional and proceeded to miss 21 consecutive cuts. He finally broke through at a major when he won the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.
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Arnold Palmer, 1960

Like he did for iced tea and pink shirts, Arnold Palmer made the Open Championship cool for Americans after he played the tournament at St. Andrews in 1960. Palmer finished second that year, but returned to win the Open in 1961 and 1962.
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Colin Montgomerie, 1990

Colin Montgomerie makes his first British Open start at St. Andrews in 1990. Montgomerie's closest call at an Open Championship came in 2005, when he finished second to Tiger Woods.
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Jack Nicklaus, 1962

Jack Nicklaus made his Open debut at Royal Troon in 1962. He finished T34 and later won the British Open three times. He famously said that the Open rota courses get better the farther you travel north.
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Rickie Fowler, 2010

In his Open debut at St. Andrews, Rickie Fowler shot 67 in the final round to tie for 14th.
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Ernie Els, 1989

Ernie Els has won two Open Championships, but he missed the cut in his debut in 1989 at Royal Troon at age 19.
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David Toms, 2000

David Toms got the hang of Open Championship golf pretty quickly. He finished fourth in his Open debut at St. Andrews in 2000.
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John Daly, 1992

Smoke 'em if you got 'em. John Daly plays at the 1992 British Open at Muirfield after his 'Cinderella story' victory at the 1991 PGA Championship. Daly won the 1995 Open Championship at St. Andrews.
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Jordan Spieth, 2013

Nineteen-year-old Jordan Spieth opened strong at Muirfield in 2013 with a 69. He finished T44.
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Fred Couples, 1984

Fred Couples finished T4 at his Open Championship debut at St. Andrews in 1984. In this photo, Couples is seated next to Bernhard Langer (T2 with Tom Watson) and champion Seve Ballesteros.
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Keegan Bradley, 2012

Keegan Bradley played his first British Open way back at the 2012 tournament at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.