As the British open begins on Thursday at the Muirfield Golf Links in Scotland, many expect Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els or Rory McIlroy bulldozing their way through the course and winning the Claret Jug awarded for first place.

Muirfield has had several greats as winners in the past, including Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson and Nick Faldo.

But anyone, though, even minnows, can create a huge upset for the giants and win the British open golf championship. — Text by Dara Sanwal

Tiger Woods of the US watches his tee shot on the fourth hole.
Tiger Woods of the US watches his tee shot on the fourth hole.
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods' girlfriend sits near her boyfriend's golf bag.
Phil Mickelson of the US climbs out of a bunker.
Phil Mickelson of the US climbs out of a bunker.
Phil Mickelson putts on the fifth green during a practice round.
Phil Mickelson putts on the fifth green during a practice round.
Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy's golf bag stands on the eighth green.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his tee shot on the ninth hole.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his tee shot on the ninth hole.

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