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Els hopes for a big '05 comeback

Updated: January 12, 2005, 7:19 PM ET
By John Hawkins | Golf World

Last year's British Open playoff featured the only type of extreme golf recognized by the R&A: a four-hole duel between low-ball grinder Todd Hamilton, a PGA Tour rookie after seven failed attempts at Q School, and Ernie Els, a three-time major champion whose immense size registers both physically and competitively.

If not polar opposites, the two men made for a striking dichotomy as they returned to Royal Troon's first tee to resolve possession of the claret jug. Hamilton had spent 11 ...

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