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Golf: British Open Under Way with All-Star Field


The 135th British Open golf tournament is under way Thursday in England, with world number-one Tiger Woods of the United States leading an all-star field.

Woods is looking to recover from a disappointing second-round exit at the U.S. Open last month - the first time he missed the cut at a major tournament since he turned professional.

American Phil Mickelson also is looking for redemption at the British Open, the third of golf's four major "grand slam" tournaments this year. Mickelson was on the verge of winning the U.S. Open when a miserable 18th hole at Winged Foot in New York derailed his quest for a fourth major title.

Scotland's Colin Montgomerie also missed a chance to win the U.S. Open on the final hole. The 43-year-old Scotsman has never won a major tournament, and would love to capture his first this week.

Others competing at the Royal Liverpool course in Hoylake, England include Ernie Els and Retief Goosen of South Africa, Sergio Garcia of Spain, U.S. Open winner Geoff Ogilvy of Australia and Vijay Singh of Fiji. The winner will take home more than $1.3 million.

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