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Padraig Harrington

Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Where: Southport, England
Times hosting: 9 (last in 2008, but also the site of this year's Women's British Open)
You know it as: "That place with the wacky clubhouse."
Unique features: The art deco clubhouse (left) that was constructed in 1935; The tallest dunes in the Open rota, which isolate many of the holes from each other.
Noteworthy moments: In the 1969 Ryder Cup, Jack Nicklaus conceded a tricky, short putt to Tony Jacklin so that the biennial competition would end in a tie. In 2008, Padraig Harrington became the first European since James Braid in 1906 to retain the claret jug.
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