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Inside the Field: Open Championship

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Who has the edge going into the 137th Open Championship? Here are some tidbits you need to know heading into the opening shot on Thursday morning.

Top 10's
FedExCup PointsPGA TOUR Money LeadersWorld Golf Ranking
Player (Rk.)Player (Rk.)Player (Rk.)
Phil Mickelson (3)Phil Mickelson (3)Phil Mickelson (2)
Stewart Cink (4)Stewart Cink (4)Adam Scott (3)
Anthony Kim (5)Anthony Kim (5)Geoff Ogilvy (4)
Justin Leonard (6)Justin Leonard (6)Stewart Cink (5)
Ryuji Imada (7)Geoff Ogilvy (7)Ernie Els (6)
Geoff Ogilvy (8)Vijay Singh (8)Sergio Garcia (7)
Vijay Singh (9)Ryuji Imada (9)Steve Stricker (8)
Robert Allenby (10)Sergio Garcia (10)Justin Rose (9)


Vijay Singh (10)
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2008 Tournament Winners
PlayerEvents WonTournament(s)
K.J. Choi1Sony Open in Hawaii
J.B. Holmes1FBR Open
Phil Mickelson2Northern Trust Open, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
Ernie Els1the Honda Classic
Sean O'Hair1PODS Championship
Geoff Ogilvy1World Golf Championships-CA Championship
Andres Romero1Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Trevor Immelman1Masters Tournament
Boo Weekley1Verizon Heritage
Adam Scott1EDS Byron Nelson Championship
Anthony Kim2Wachovia Championship, AT&T National
Sergio Garcia1the PLAYERS Championship
Ryuji Imada1AT&T Classic
Justin Leonard1Stanford St. Jude Championship
Stewart Cink1Travelers Championship

Major Champions
PlayerMajor(s) won
Tom Watson1981, 1977 Masters, 1982 U.S. Open, 1983, 1982, 1980, 1977, 1975 British Opens
John Daly1995 British Open, 1991 PGA Championship
Ernie Els1997, 1994 U.S. Opens, 2002 British Open
Sandy Lyle1988 Masters, 1985 British Open
Phil Mickelson2006, 2004 Masters, 2005 PGA Championship
Greg Norman1993, 1986 British Opens
Mark O'Meara1998 Masters, 1998 British Open
Vijay Singh2000 Masters, 2004, 1998 PGA Championships
Angel Cabrera2007 U.S. Open
Mark Calcavecchia1989 British Open
Michael Campbell2005 U.S. Open
Ben Curtis2003 British Open
David Duval2001 British Open
Jim Furyk2003 U.S. Open
Retief Goosen2004, 2001 U.S. Opens
Todd Hamilton2004 British Open
Padraig Harrington2007 British Open
Trevor Immelman2008 Masters
Zach Johnson2007 Masters
Paul Lawrie1999 British Open
Tom Lehman1996 British Open
Justin Leonard1997 British Open
Shaun Micheel2003 PGA Championship
Geoff Ogilvy2006 U.S. Open
David Toms2001 PGA Championship
Mike Weir2003 Masters

International Players
AustraliaRobert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Adam Blyth, Peter Fowler, Richard Green, Brendan Jones, Brad Lamb, Greg Norman, Geoff Ogilvy, Nick O'Hern, Rod Pampling, Craig Parry, Ewan Porter, Adam Scott, Andrew Tampion
CanadaStephen Ames, Mike Weir
ArgentinaAngel Cabrera, Andres Romero
New ZealandMichael Campbell, David Smail
EnglandPaul Casey, Luke Donald, Nick Dougherty, Richard Finch, David Howell, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Graeme Storm, Lee Westwood, Oliver Wilson
MalaysiaDanny Chia
KoreaK.J. Choi
South AfricaTim Clark, Joshua Cunliffe, Ernie Els, Darren Fichardt, Retief Goosen, Trevor Immelman, James Kingston, Hennie Otto, Rory Sabbatini, Richard Sterne
SwedenNiclas Fasth, Peter Hanson, Fredrik Jacobson, Robert Karlsson, Henrik Stenson
SpainSergio Garcia, Miguel Angel Jiminez
DenmarkAnders Hansen, Soren Hansen, S?ren Kjeldsen
IrelandPadraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Damian McGrane
FranceGregory Havret, Benjamin Hebert
GermanyMartin Kaymer
SingaporeChih Bing Lam
ScotlandPaul Lawrie, Sandy Lyle, Douglas McGuigan, Colin Montgomerie
PRC (People's Republic of China)Wen-Chong Liang
PhilipinesAngelo Que
FijiVijay Singh
JapanToru Taniguchi, Hideto Tanihara

Young Guns
Aaron BaddeleyAdam Blyth
Joshua CunliffeNick Dougherty
Sergio GarciaLucas Glover
J.B. HolmesCharles Howell III
Trevor ImmelmanMartin Kaymer
Anthony KimHunter Mahan
Graeme McDowellSean O'Hair
Ewan PorterJeff Quinney
Andres RomeroJustin Rose
Adam ScottBrandt Snedeker
Richard SterneAndrew Tampion
Hideto TaniharaOliver Wilson

Grizzled Vets
Stephen AmesWoody Austin
Bart BryantMark Calcavecchia
John DalyPeter Fowler
Todd HamiltonMiguel Angel Jiminez
James KingstonTom Lehman
Sandy LyleRocco Mediate
Colin MontgomerieGreg Norman
Mark O'MearaCraig Parry
Vijay SinghSteve Stricker
Toru TaniguchiDavid Toms
Scott VerplankTom Watson
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