Tough Shots From British Open Past

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Not for the Faint of Heart The classic links courses that host the British Open are full of wind-swept sand dunes and all sorts of nasty weather and vegetation — gorse, heather and knee-high grasses. Here are some of the harrowing shots that players have faced in recent British Opens. Ernie Els found his ball suspended in the branches of a gorse bush at Royal Troon in 2004.
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Fred Couples, United States Royal Liverpool, 2006
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Duffy Waldorf, United States St. Andrews, 2005
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Lars Brovold, Hungary St. Andrews, 2005
5 of 15 Robert Beck/SI
Edoardo Molinari, Italy St. Andrews, 2005
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Justin Leonard, United States Royal St. George's, 2003
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Thomas Bjorn, Denmark Muirfield, 2002
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Carl Pettersson, Sweden Muirfield, 2002
9 of 15 Heinz Kluetmeier/SI
Tiger Woods, United States Muirfield, 2002
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Duffy Waldorf, United States Muirfield, 2002
11 of 15 Robert Beck/SI
Jasper Parnevik, Sweden Royal Lytham & St. Annes, 2001
12 of 15 Fred Vuich
Colin Montgomerie, Scotland Royal Lytham & St. Annes, 2001
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Tom Lehman, United States Royal Lytham & St. Annes, 2001
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Nice Price, Zimbabwe Royal Birkdale, 1998
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Phil Mickelson, United States Royal Liverpool, 2006