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2007 British Open – TNT, ABC – Thursday July 19-Sunday July 22

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews will host the Open 2007 "a.k.a the British Open." This can be seen stateside on TNT beginning at 7 a.m. on Thursday as well as every early morning until Sunday. The Carnoustie is deemed by some to be the toughest golf course in the world.

Remember this guy? His name is Jean Van de Velde and he provided one of the biggest meltdowns in recent sports memories. In 1999 when the Open was last held at "Car Nasty" VDV had a three shot laid on Hole 18, he needed a six to win, when he laid down a triple bogey, a seven shot for the hole. He eventually lost in a three-way playoff with some dude named Justin Leonard and some other dude named Paul Lawrie.  Speaking of Lawrie, he is paired with Woods and Justin Rose. Their group begins at 9:09 a.m. on Thursday and 2:20 p.m. on Friday.

According to the players and the scribes, this won't be the same Carnoustie as '99. The R&A (Royal and Ancient Golf Club) widened the fairways and the sun is planning on making an appearance all weekend in Angus, Scotland. All you Tiger  haters will be praying that the winds off the North Sea show up too.

MLS All Stars vs. Celtic Football Club – ESPN2 – Thursday, July 19th, 9 P.M. EST

The Celtic Football club is an old world and very famous club. Here is a chance for the MLS to show what it is made of. No David Beckham won't be there, either will Freddy Adu. Somewhat known Landon Donovan will be there. We will get to see some of the up-and-comers that will be stars of the up-and-coming league. Eddie Johnson, Ricardo Clark, Juan Toja, Jonathan Bornstein, and Michael Parkhurst are all 23 or younger.

New York Mets @ Los Angeles Dodgers – FOX – Saturday, July 21, 3:30 EST

The Dodgers are in first place in the west and the Mets are likewise in the East. Brad Penny vs. Jorge Sosa. But the question is do we really think either one of these teams can win a playoff series?

Los Angles Galaxy vs. Chelsea – ESPN – Saturday, July 21st, 8:30 PM

The MLS will attempt to show the world it can compete against clubs from Europe. At the time of this article, David Beckham's status is questionable and unknown [UPDATE: He’ll play.]. Originally this was the David Beckham opening act. In fact, ESPN will air a one hour pre-game David Beckham hype session. However, Beckham may not play in the game later that night.

FIFA Under-20 World Cup Championship – ESPN – Sunday, July 22nd, 3:15 EST

Big game for the hardcore soccer people, but it seems they have a World Cup every month now. 

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