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Wednesday at Carnoustie
Welcome to summer in Scotland! Rain pelted the game's best players Wednesday during the final practice round before the 136th Open Championship. But with more rain in the forecast for later this week, at least the golfers had a chance to test their foul weather suits.
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Zach Johnson broke through and won his first major at the 2007 Masters in April. He will be looking for another breakthrough at Carnoustie he has missed the cut in all three of his previous British Open appearances.
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Lucas Glover missed the cut last year at Royal Liverpool in his British Open debut.
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According to Ladbrokes, a large English bookmaker, Tiger Woods is the favorite to win the 136th Open Championship with odds of 4 to 1.
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Chris DiMarco was the runner-up in the 2006 Open Championship, losing to Tiger Woods by two shots. It was his best performance in a British Open, and fans still are drawn to his emotional style, but he has not finished higher than T12 in a major championship since.
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On the eve of Open Championship, 1995 winner John Daly looked a little nervous. Having missed the cut or been forced to withdraw from 10 of the 15 events he's played this season, it's understandable.
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Andres Romero of Argentina playing out of wet rough on Wednesday. He finished T8 at Royal Liverpool in last year's Open but has been overshadowed by his countryman Angel Cabrera, who won the U.S. Open at Oakmont last month.
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Davis Love (far right) and Justin Leonard (second from left) felt the wrath of rain and wind Wednesday as they practiced.
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It's been a decade since Texan Justin Leonard won the Claret Jug at Royal Troon, but he should not be counted out this year at Carnoustie. In 1999 he finished tied for second after losing in a three-way playoff to Paul Lawrie.
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Rain was not about to stop Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez from enjoying one of his cigars as he strolled Carnoustie Wednesday. The Spaniard shot 81-74 and missed the cut the last time the Open Championship was played at Carnoustie.
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Drew Weaver, a student at Virgina Tech, won the 2007 British Amateur to earn a spot in the field at Carnoustie.
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After winning the U.S. Open at both Southern Hills and Shinnecock Hills and playing in the final group Sunday at Pinehurst South Africa's Retief Goosen (right) has earned a reputation for playing hard golf courses very well. On Wednesday, Goosen and his caddie, Miles Byrne, locked in their targets using a laser range finder.