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By The Numbers: 5 Significant Shots On 17th Hole At British Open

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 05:15 Thursday, 18 July 2013 04:56

Ernie Els

Doug Ferguson (AP)

GULLANE, Scotland -- Some of the most significant moments in recent history of the British Open at Muirfield have come on the 17th hole.

Ernie Els recovered from a mini-collapse with a birdie that put him into a playoff he won in 2002. Jack Nicklaus took the outright lead in 1966 by reaching the par 5 in two shots for a birdie that carried him to his first claret jug. It's where Lee Trevino chipped in for par, which ultimately denied Nicklaus a shot at the third leg of the Grand Slam and demoralized Tony Jacklin.

But it's not just Muirfield.

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By The Numbers: 5 Best British Opens Played At Muirfield

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 04:49 Thursday, 18 July 2013 04:34

Jack Nicklaus

Canadian Press

Doug Ferguson (AP)

GULLANE, Scotland -- St. Andrews is incomparable because of its history, but when it comes to links courses in the British Open rotation, Muirfield is looked upon as the purest and fairest of them all. What gets even less of an argument is the roll call of champions at Muirfield.

Muirfield has hosted golf's oldest championship 15 times. All but two of the winners -- Ted Ray and Alf Perry -- are in the World Golf Hall of Fame, and Ray probably should be there. He was a central figure in the great 1913 U.S. Open win by Francis Ouimet over Ray and Harry Vardon, both looked upon as British heavyweights.

So choosing the best Open at Muirfield is similar to choosing the best hole at Augusta National. You can't go wrong. You'll never be right.

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By The Numbers: 5 Heart-breaking Moments In Golf's Oldest Championship

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 03:18 Thursday, 18 July 2013 02:57

Hale Irwin

Canadian Press

Doug Ferguson (AP)

GULLANE, Scotland -- Not many people believed Adam Scott when he said he would take nothing but positives away from the British Open last year, despite blowing a four-shot lead with four holes remaining by closing with four straight bogeys at Royal Lytham & St. Annes and losing by one shot to Ernie Els.

It was crushing. Surely, it must have been devastating.

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By The Numbers: British Open Facts and Figures

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 02:08 Monday, 15 July 2013 00:58

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GULLANE, Scotland -- Facts and figures for the British Open golf championship:

Event: 142nd British Open

Dates: July 18-21, 2013

Site: Muirfield

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By The Numbers: British Open, Hole By Hole

Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 00:29 Sunday, 14 July 2013 23:31

Muirfield

GULLANE, Scotland -- A hole-by-hole look at Muirfield, site of the 142nd British Open golf championship to be played July 18-21, 2013.

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