Troon - We look at some interesting facts and figures for golf's
oldest championship, the British Open.
Troon Golf Club
(Front 9), 35 (Back 9), 71 (over 18 holes)
players (154 professionals, 2 amateurs).
Prize money: £6.5
Winner's share: £1,175,000
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 in 2004.
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: "I
crave to have that trophy in my possession at some point, and to reach a third
leg of the Grand Slam this week would be a fantastic achievement." —