PGA TOUR:2011 British OpenJuly 12, 2011 by Marc Jerbs

On Thursday, Royal St. George's in Sandwich, England will host the 2011 British Open. The Royal St. George's is a par-70, 7,211 yards golf course. The front nine of the course is characterized by blind shots, imposing dunes and huge bunkers while the back nine has lesser obstacles but the grass are a lot thicker.

Tiger Woods won't participate on this year's British Open as he recuperates from his knee injuries. Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen hopes to duplicate his success this year on different golf course.

Newly crowned US Open champion Rory McIlroy is grouped with Ernie Els and Rickie Fowler for the first two rounds of the British Open. Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen will play the first two rounds with Phil Mickelson and defending PGA champion Martin Kaymer.

The sportsbook handicappers have installed Rory McIlroy as the favorite the win the British Open. However, the likes of Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood would be his primary competitor for the Claret Jug.