We're just about set for major number three on the golf calendar in 2013 - the British Open - which begins next Thursday at Muirfield in Gullane, Scotland.

4 Deep Golf Blog's Joel Harrington talks about the tournament, the course, and who he expects to be hoisting the Claret Jug next week:

SILVIS, IL - JULY 15: Zach Johnson hits his second shot on the first hole of sudden death from a bunker during the final round of the John Deere Classic held at TPC Deere Run on July 15, 2012 in Silvis, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

The tune-up event on the PGA Tour this week is the John Deere Classic in Illinois, where former Masters champ Zach Johnson won in a dramatic playoff last year. Most of the big names won't be there, but Joel still believes it will be an entertaining event:

This is also a big week on the South Dakota golf calendar with the men's and women's Match Play Championships at Brookings Country Club.  A pair of Sioux Falls golfers will be defending their titles, Max Donohue for the men, Shannon Johnson for the women.
Joel himself is in the field:

Other storylines in the world of golf this week:


SOUTHAMPTON, NY - JUNE 29: Jessica Korda waits in the first fairway with her caddie Jason Gilroyed during the third round of the 2013 U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack Golf Club on June 29, 2013 in Southampton, New York. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)


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Joel weighs in on those topics: