2012 British Open: Schedule And Preview

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 16: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits a shot during the first practice round prior to the start of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes on July 16, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy headline the field at the 141st British Open.

It's the middle of July, which means it must be the time for the British Open. The 141st Open Championship will get underway on Thursday at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club with the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and defending champion Darren Clarke as a few of the headliners.

As it normally is, the Open will provide an very tough challenge for the golfers. This major is always known for playing difficult and featuring bad weather, so it will be highly imperative to stay out of the rough off the tee box. Woods has been notably hit-or-miss with his driver in recent times, so that is something to keep an eye on.

Woods will be seeking his fourth Open title, and his first since 2006.

Some other names to watch are Graeme McDowell, Masters champion Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson.

On the local side of things, Keegan Bradley will be in search of his second major championship. Bradley, a St. John's alum, was the 2011 PGA Championship champ and is an under-the-radar player to watch come Thursday.

John Huh is a New York, N.Y. native, and is looking to pull off a major upset. He's just 23 years old and has won a single PGA Tour event to this point in his young career.

For more on the British Open, please be sure to check out our golf hub and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates.

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