TROON, Scotland – Facts and figures for the British Open golf championship:
Event: 145th British Open
Dates: July 14-17
Site: Royal Troon Golf Club
Length: 7,190 yards
Field: 156 players
Prize money: 6.5 million pounds ($8.47 million)
Winner's share: 1,175,000 pounds ($1.53 million)
Defending champion: Zach Johnson
Last year: Zach Johnson made a 30-foot birdie putt in regulation for a 66 and won the four-hole aggregate playoff over Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman. Jordan Spieth, going for the third leg of the Grand Slam, missed the playoff by one shot.
Last time at Royal Troon: Todd Hamilton got up-and-down from 40 yards away using a hybrid for his fourth straight par to defeat Ernie Els in a four-hole playoff.
Open champions at Royal Troon: Arthur Havers (1923), Bobby Locke (1950), Arnold Palmer (1962), Tom Weiskopf (1973), Tom Watson (1982), Mark Calcavecchia (1989), Justin Leonard (1997), Todd Hamilton (2004).
Key statistic: Americans have won the claret jug the last six times at Royal Troon.
Noteworthy: Lee Westwood played in the final round with both major champions this year, Danny Willett at the Masters and Dustin Johnson at the U.S. Open.
Quote worthy: "It's like two golf courses. It's blowing out on the front and everything plays real short. Then you turn around and come into a left-to-right wind and you spend the back nine trying to kill it and keep it left." — Jim Furyk on Royal Troon.
Television (all times EDT): NBC Sports (Saturday 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.); Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 1:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 4-7 a.m.)