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Does scrambling hold the key to British Open?

By Marla Published: July 12, 2011

I love this item on PGATour.com from a ShotLink analysis of past British Open champions going back to Stow's Ben Curtis in 2003.

It shows that scrambling is the key to victory, with seven of the past eight champions ranking in the top 15 in that category during the tournament.

According to ShotLink, the last time the Open was played at Royal St. George’s in 2003, it ranked as the toughest scrambling course that year, with only 41.22 percent who missed the green in regulation making par or better.

That bodes well for three good guys I'll be rooting for this week. Steve Stricker (66.27) ranks first on Tour in scrambling, Australian Jason Day is fourth (65.42) and Curtis stands eighth (64.21).

To see the full ShotLink item, go to http://livereport.pga.com/2011/07/12/shotlink-stats-past-champions-analysis/

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