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The 149th Open Championship will take place at Royal St. George's in Sandwich, England – the same place it was scheduled to be played in 2020 before the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, the 156-man field will include many golfers who qualified for the 2020 tournament via achievements in 2019, such as those who finished top-30 in either the 2019 FedExCup Standings or the Race to Dubai rankings. It's the honorable thing to do, though some names may elicit a "What is he doing here?"
This will be the 15th Open played at Royal St. George's, which ranks third most in the modern era behind St. Andrews (29) and Muirfield (16). This will be the first Open held here since Darren Clarke's fairy-tale victory in 2011. Before that, Ben Curtis won in 2003, Greg Norman in 1993, Sandy Lyle in 1985 and Bill Rogers in 1981. Before that, you have to go back to Bobby Locke in 1949. Of those, only Norman bettered 5-under-par, finishing at a whopping 13-under.
Royal St. George's – a par-70 at 7,211 yards with just two par-5s – is a true links course and is among the toughest in the Open rota. Situated along the coastline between the English Channel and North