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R&A Chief Plays Down Doping Concerns In Golf

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 01:58 Thursday, 18 July 2013 01:42

Peter Dawson

Canadian Press

GULLANE, Scotland -- The head of golf's governing body says there is no evidence of doping in the sport and emphasizes there will be no complacency in the fight to keep it drug-free.

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10 Things About The British Open

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 01:37 Tuesday, 16 July 2013 01:29

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GULLANE, Scotland -- Ten things to know about the British Open, to be played July 18-21, 2013 at Muirfield.

The course has hosted the tournament 15 times before, from 1892 to 2002.

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British Open Player Capsules

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 01:55 Tuesday, 16 July 2013 01:15

Tiger Woods British Open

Canadian Press

Doug Ferguson (AP)

A capsule look at 20 contenders for the British Open golf championship, to be played July 18-21, 2013, at Muirfield (listed in predicted order of finish).

TIGER WOODS

Age: 37.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 1.

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Ernie Els Gives Back His Claret Jug At Muirfield

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 01:06 Tuesday, 16 July 2013 00:53

Ernie Els with Claret Jug

Canadian Press

Doug Ferguson (AP)

GULLANE, Scotland -- Two dozen cameras were in position Monday morning to capture the first big moment of this British Open, only they weren't anywhere near the golf course. They waited in the driveway as a silver station wagon pulled through the gate and stopped in front of the clubhouse at Muirfield.

Ernie Els climbed out of the back seat holding the shiny claret jug he won last year at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, and he promptly handed it over to Royal & Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson.

"Thank you," Dawson told him. "You've been a great champion."

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The Yellow British Open Awaits At Muirfield

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 00:50 Tuesday, 16 July 2013 00:37

Muirfield Clubhouse

Canadian Press

Doug Ferguson (AP)

GULLANE, Scotland -- This already is shaping up as a yellow British Open.

Golf's oldest championship returns to Muirfield after a wet spring that was ideal for growing thick grass, followed by a dry summer that has yielded three "F'' words that are ideal for a links course.

Firm. Fast. Fiery.

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