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Kuchar dreams of Open win

World No 5 Matt Kuchar has admitted it would be a dream come true for him to win the Open Championship at Hoylake on Sunday.

The American finished tied for 15th place in this tournament at Muirfield last year and he is eager to build upon that result and secure his first major title.

The Florida native is a player with a deep appreciation for the history of the game and admitted lifting the Claret Jug at Hoylake would be the realisation a long-held childhood dream.

"To win the British Open would just be a dream coming true,\" said Kuchar.

\"I think all of us as kids that played the game envision holding the Claret Jug and envision winning British Opens, and certainly that would be the childhood dream coming true for me.

"I love coming here. This is a special place and so heaped with tradition.

\"I loved going through and checking out the history, knowing that Bobby Jones won the second leg of his Grand Slam in '30. Or figuring out the different past champions and getting to know some history.

"So anytime coming here it's extra special because of the amount of history that is here."

Kuchar has been getting plenty of practice in at Hoylake as he adjusts his game to the rigours of links golf and he revealed he has been getting tips from some of golf's biggest names.

"I've had four practice rounds, had four great Open champions to play with,\" he said.

\"I played with Tiger (Woods) on Sunday, played with Nick Faldo Monday, Tom Watson Tuesday and David Duval today.

\"So I hope I get some unique perspective and some of that mystical Open Championship rubs off a little on me.

"It was great to play with all of them. I enjoyed my practice rounds. I feel like after four rounds, I'm quite comfortable here.

Former world No 1 Tiger Woods is back in the field at Hoylake after missing this year's US Open at Pinehurst.

Kuchar conceded the presence of the 14-time major winner naturally increases the interest in any tournament and admitted he is curious to see how his compatriot performs.

"When Tiger is in the field, certainly there's a lot of attention from fans, from media, from players, to see just how he's doing," said Kuchar.

"The majors are exciting. We had the US Open this year without Tiger.

\"It may not have been a great spectator week with the way Martin Kaymer played (won by 8 shots) but it still had a major championship feel when we teed off on Thursday.

"He's (Woods) fantastic for the game and I think this year, again, everybody is going to be very excited to see how he does."