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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 July 2007, 08:04 GMT 09:04 UK

Picking the Open champion
Tiger Woods won the 2006 Open at Hoylake (left); Carnoustie will host the 2007 Open Championship
So, who is going to win the Open then?
Well, it's obvious isn't it? Tiger Woods has won the last two and is going for his 13th major title in all. But this is Carnoustie, scene of carnage and mayhem the last time the Open was held there in 1999. Tight fairways, savage rough and fierce winds led to nicknames of the "Beast" and "Car-nasty".

Woods' back-to-back wins at Hoylake and St Andrews, however, were played in benign conditions. And he has also become a father for the first time and may be distracted. These are small crumbs of comfort for the rest, admittedly, but there are plenty of other players with major ambitions. It's not called the "Open" for nothing.



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