- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) - Facts and figures for the 144th British Open, which starts Thursday:

Site: St. Andrews (Old Course)

Length: 7,297 yards

Par: 36-36_72

Field: 156 (145 professionals, 9 amateurs)

Prize money: 6.3 million pounds ($9.8 million)

Winner’s share: 1.15 million ($1.79 million)

Defending champion: Rory McIlroy

Last winner at St. Andrews: Louis Oosthuizen in 2010.

Open champions at St. Andrews: Tom Kidd (1873), Bob Martin (1876, 1885), Jamie Anderson (1879), Robert Ferguson (1882), Jack Burns (1888), Hugh Kirkaldy (1891), J.H. Taylor (1895, 1900), James Braid (1905, 1910), Jock Hutchison (1921), Bobby Jones (1927), Denny Shute (1933), Dick Burton (1939), Sam Snead (1946), Peter Thomson (1955), Bobby Locke (1957), Kel Nagle (1960), Tony Lema (1964), Jack Nicklaus (1970, 1978), Seve Ballesteros (1984), Nick Faldo (1990), John Daly (1995), Tiger Woods (2000, 2005), Louis Oosthuizen (2010).

Grand Slam: Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth is only the fourth player since 1960 to win the first two majors of the year. No one has ever won all four professional majors in the same year.

No Rors: Rory McIlroy is the first defending champion not in the field since Ben Hogan in 1954.

Farewell to Tom: Tom Watson is playing in his final British Open. He is the only player to win the Open on five courses - but never at St. Andrews.

Forecast: The weather is supposed to be wild, with periods of rain and shifting wind expected to reach up to 35 mph.

Key pairings: Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama, 4:33 a.m.; Tiger Woods, Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Day, 4:55 a.m.; Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Nick Faldo, 9:45 a.m.

Quoteworthy: “Why should our entire personality change? It’s been working, so may as well keep it that way.” - Jordan Spieth, on how he might be affected by stardom.

Television (all times EDT): Thursday and Friday, 4 a.m. to 3 p.m., ESPN. Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ESPN. Sunday, 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., ESPN.

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