- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

TROON, Scotland (AP) - A brief look at the 145th British Open golf championship, which starts Thursday (all times EDT):

Site: Royal Troon Golf Club

Length: 7,190 yards

Par: 36-35_71

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

Prize money: 6.5 million pounds ($8.6 million)

Winner’s share: 1,175,000 pounds ($1.56 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 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.

Quoteworthy: “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.

Featured tee times: 4:03 a.m. - Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Shane Lowry; 4:25 a.m. - Danny Willett, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day; 4:36 a.m. - Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Bubba Watson; 9:04 a.m. - Dustin Johnson, Russell Knox, Martin Kaymer.

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.)

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