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Muirfield changes set tough test for Open stars

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Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and the rest of the leading contenders for the British Open title have been set a tough task after organisers at this year's Muirfield venue added an extra 158 yards and plenty of rough to the course. 

Tiger Woods hits a fairway shot while the crowd watch his ball during the first round at the 131st Open Championship at Muirfield, Scotland on July 18, 2002. Woods, Rory McIlroy and the rest of the leading contenders for the British Open title have been set a tough task after organisers at this year's Muirfield venue added an extra 158 yards and plenty of rough to the course.

New tees have been added on seven of the holes, taking the overall distance of the course from 7,034 yards when Ernie Els won the Open there in 2002 to 7,192 yards, par 71 for this year's Championship from July 18-21.

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