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The British Open 2012: Preview & Schedule

Darren Clarke will look to defend his title against a strong field that includes Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Locals Troy Kelly and Kyle Stanley will also look for a good showing at The Open.

The British Open will begin on Wednesday as Darren Clarke will look to regain the magic he found last year in winning his first Open championship.

The field is strong this year and it includes a contending Tiger Woods, who hasn't won here since 2006 when he followed up a 2005 title with a consecutive one.

Woods will tee off at 9:42 am with Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia. Phil Mickelson tees off at 2:43 pm with Luke Donald and Geoff Ogilvy. Clarke begins his title defense with Ernie Els and Zach Johnson at 9:09 am.

Tacoma native Troy Kelly is among the field and looking to improve his career standing as he strives for only his second top-25 finish since turning pro in 2003 after a stellar amateur career where he became the youngest player ever to compete in Washington State Junior Gold Association tournaments at the age of six.

Kelly tees off with Morten Orum Madsen and Anirban Lahiri at 4:00 pm.

Washington native Kyle Stanley turned pro in 2009 and at the tender age of 24 will also seek to put a dent into the money pot with a strong finish at this year's Open. Stanley tees off at 7:58 am.

The Draw began on Sunday with the first round of practice tee times and will end on Sunday, July 22 with the crowning of a new Open champion.