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Royal Birkdale shouldn't disappoint as typical British Open golf course

A swirling breeze off the Irish Sea nudged ominous clouds over this resort town Wednesday, transforming what had been a balmy week into a more familiar shade of gray. The world's best golfers worked their way around the undulations of Royal Birkdale, fine-tuning their games with a last practice round before Thursday's start of the 146th British Open.

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Royal Birkdale, site of British Open, has rich history

Great Britain's 146th Open Championship begins Thursday at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England, just north of Liverpool on the Irish Sea. The annual championship, known in America as the "British Open," currently rotates among multiple UK courses, and this month's tournament will be Royal Birkdale's 10th since its first in 1954. During the 2008 British Open there, contestants told the news media that Royal Birkdale was the "most fair" of the courses on the Open rota.

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