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Golfers primed for British Open

Briton Barry Lane will hit the first shot under what should be clear skies at the British Open.

Briton Barry Lane will hit the first shot under what should be clear skies at the British Open.

LYTHAM ST ANNES - Tiger Woods will start as favourite to win his 15th major title while Luke Donald and Lee Westwood spearhead the home challenge in the 141st British Open starting later on Thursday.

Briton Barry Lane will hit the first shot under what should be clear skies following a sudden break in the wet weather which has left the links course drenched in water and even more difficult than usual.

Woods will be among the early starters, going out with England's Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia of Spain.

Westwood begins his latest bid for a first major title in the company of US Masters champion Bubba Watson and Japan's Yoshinori Fujimoto.

World number one Donald must wait until Thursday afternoon before setting out with four-times major champion Phil Mickelson and Australian Geoff Ogilvy.

Defending champion Darren Clarke will also go out early in the day alongside former winner Ernie Els of South Africa and American Zach Johnson.

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