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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Ted Ray
On the day after a British Open that will be talked about for years, it was time for Muirfield to return to normal. Workers dismantled the green seats in all the grandstands. Trucks carried out supplies from the tented village. The blue name plates of players were removed from the lockers.
Of the 13 players to win the Open at this course east of Edinburgh, 11 are enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Game (and you can make a pretty strong case that another, Ted Ray, should be).
From behind the 18th green, Paul Azinger stared out toward a golf course where he nearly won a major title, where so many greats of the game have carved their names on the claret jug.
St. Andrews is incomparable because of its history, but when it comes to links courses in the British Open rotation, Muirfield is looked upon as the purest and fairest of them all. What gets even less of an argument is the roll call of champions at Muirfield.
A capsule look at the 15 previous British Opens held at Muirfield Golf Club, where the 142nd British Open will be played July 18-21:
A look at some of the anniversaries this year at the 142nd British Open, to be played July 18-21 at Muirfield Golf Club:
Ten things to know about the British Open, to be played July 18-21 at Muirfield. The course has hosted the tournament 15 times before, from 1892 to 2002:
At the entrance to the Putterham Meadows golf course stands a statue of 1913 U.S. Open champion Francis Ouimet. Also in bronze, dwarfed by the bag he carries, is the 10-year-old caddie who walked all 90 holes by his side.
The U.S. Open is known as the toughest test in golf, and it's even more difficult when more than 72 holes are required.
A look at some of the key anniversaries this year in British Open history:
One of the most famous upsets in golf took place at The Olympic Club. But that wasn't the only one at the U.S. Open.