Open Championship

British Open: Facts and figures

2016-07-13 16:50
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Troon - We look at some interesting facts and figures for golf's oldest championship, the British Open.

Site: Royal Troon Golf Club

Length: 7,190 yards

Par: 36 (Front 9), 35 (Back 9), 71  (over 18 holes)

Field: 156 players (154 professionals, 2 amateurs).

Prize money: £6.5 million

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." — Jordan Spieth

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