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Justin Rose plays out of a bunker during practice

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Having laid to rest the ghost of Tony Jacklin last month by becoming the first Englishman to win the US Open since that son of a Scunthorpe lorry driver in 1970, Justin Rose and his fellow English golfers are still haunted by the ghost of Sir Nick Faldo at the Open Championship.

Tiger Woods and his partner, the skiier Lindsey Vonn, are all smiles as they walk the course ahead of this week’s Open at Muirfield

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Rory McIlroy will play alongside Phil Mickelson at the 2013 Open

The Open 2013: Rory McIlroy grouped with Phil Mickelson while Graeme McDowell is alongside favourite Tiger Woods

Groups set-up Northern Ireland v North America as favourites look set to collide at Muirfield

Ernie Els speaks to the media at Castle Stuart

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Miller Barber: Golfer known as ‘Mr X’ who was famed for his unique swing

Miller Barber: Golfer known as ‘Mr X’ who was famed for his unique swing

Miller Barber, who died on 11 June at the age of 82, was a golfer with a unique swing who made the most combined starts on the PGA and Champions tours. Nicknamed “Mr X,” he played in 1,297 tournaments on the PGA Tour and the 50-and-over circuit. He won 11 times in 694 PGA Tour starts and added 24 victories in 603 events on the Champions Tour.

Former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Hunt MBE has died aged 83

Hunt featured in eight Cups between 1953 and 1969 including the famous win at Lindrick

Tony Jacklin following his US Open victory in 1970

US Open 2013: Justin Rose can now 'dedicate himself to winning Majors' says previous English victor Tony Jacklin

Rose won at Merion to become the first Major winner from England for 17 years

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Justin Rose has had quite a career, he is now being tipped to challenge at any major he plays at, but that does not mean he has had it all his own way. See below for a selection of Rose's highs and lows:

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