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Continued: Gary Player keeps clothes on in visit to the British Open he won 3 times

  • Article by: TIM DAHLBERG , AP Sports Writer
  • Last update: July 16, 2013 - 1:30 PM

Snedeker has pushed a few in his career, but says that he learned to be more patient after playing with Tiger Woods in the final round of the British Open last year. He also played with Adam Scott at the Masters and in the first two days of the U.S. Open with eventual winner Justin Rose.

Snedeker won the FedExCup last year on the PGA Tour and believes he is ready to win a major championship. If he does this week he would join Scott and Rose, who are both 32, the same age he is.

"I've been told about that a few times, and I loved it," Snedeker said. "The precedent being set and now the hard part is making sure it keeps going. I'll take any little quirky thing and use it in my favor."

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SCOTTISH WELCOME: Graeme McDowell may not be as popular in Scotland this week as he usually is.

The locals — and many of his fellow pros — were left distinctly unimpressed after McDowell was critical of the recently held Scottish Open, saying the traditional warm-up tournament for the British Open had lost its prestige by moving to Castle Stuart in the Highlands.

"I received a little negativity on my social network accounts from upset Scotsmen and people globally," said the 2010 U.S. Open champion, widely seen as one of golf's nice guys.

McDowell regrets his remarks — he has issued an apology to tournament organizers — and acknowledges he talked himself "into a little tizzy" when commenting on a tournament that is close to his heart. He won the Scottish Open in 2008, when it was held at Loch Lomond.

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SURPRISE, SURPRISE: Quick, name the best golf course in the world. Hint: It's the birthplace of the game and located in Scotland.

It probably didn't take a group of golf course architects to declare the Old Course at St. Andrews as the top course in the world. But a group of golf architects did just that in a poll taken by Golf Course Architecture, a journal of golf design and development.

About 250 architects voted for the journal's top 100 courses, with the Old Course easily coming out on top. In second place was Cypress Point in California, followed by Pine Valley in New Jersey.

Architects from 28 countries voted in the poll, with golf courses from 14 countries making the top 100.

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