BRITISH OPEN ’22: A glance at golf’s oldest championship
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Facts and figures for the British Open golf championship:
Event: 150th Open Championship.
Dates: July 14-17.
Site: St. Andrews (Old Course).
Length: 7,313 yards.
Field: 156 players.
Playoff (if necessary): 3 holes, aggregate score.
Prize money: $14 million.
Winner’s share: $2.5 million.
Defending champion: Collin Morikawa.
Last year: Collin Morikawa won his second major in as many years with a dynamic short game for a two-shot victory over Jordan Spieth as the British Open returned after two years because of the COVID-10 pandemic.
Last time at St. Andrews: In the first Monday finish since 1988 because of rain and wind delays, Zach Johnson won a three-way playoff over Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen. Jordan Spieth bogeyed the 17th hole and missed the playoff by one shot, ending his bid for the Grand Slam.
British 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), Zach Johnson (2015).
Tiger Tales: Tiger Woods is playing his third major of the year. He finished 47th in the Masters and made the cut in the PGA Championship and then withdrew after the third round. He has won the British Open twice at St. Andrews.
Saudi league: There are 23 players in the field who played in the last Saudi-funded LIV Golf series.
Key statistic: The last five majors have been won by five different players in their 20s, the longest such streak in major championship history.
Noteworthy: The previous 10 times at the British Open have seen as many champions in their 40s as their 20s.
Quoteworthy: “I don’t think there’s a bigger achievement in golf than winning an Open Championship at St. Andrews.” — Jon Rahm.
Television (all times EDT): Thursday-Friday, 1:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. (Peacock), 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. (USA Network), 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Peacock); Saturday, 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. (USA Network), 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. (USA Network), 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (NBC).
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