Now Stenson’s challenge is to become the first man since Padraig Harrington, nine years ago, to successfully defend the Claret Jug.
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While uncertainty surrounds the form of leading names such as Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, the British Open begins at Royal Birkdale Thursday with a plethora of players hopeful of winning the Claret Jug.When The Open last came to the links at Southport, near Liverpool on the coast of northwest England, it was 2008 and Tiger Woods had just won the U.S. Open.That was his 14th major, but Woods has not won any since and no longer does a single player dominate the sport.The last nine majors have all been won by a different name, going back to Jordan Spieth's back-to-back victories at the Masters and U.S. Open in 2015 . Indeed, the last seven majors have all been claimed by players who had never previously taken one of the sport's biggest prizes, including Brooks Koepka at last month's U.S. Open and Henrik Stenson in The Open at Troon 12 months ago.
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