140th British Open

When, where: Thursday-Sunday, Royal St. George's Golf Club, Sandwich, England.


Course facts: 7,211 yards, par 70. The Open's first venue outside Scotland has hosted the championship 13 times.

Format: 72 holes, stroke play. Field cut after 36 holes to top 70 and ties. Four-hole playoff, if necessary, immediately after final round.

Field: 156 players (149 pros, 5 amateurs). Openings remain for the highest top-five finisher not yet qualified at both the John Deere Classic and Scottish Open.

Purse: $8.03 million at current exchange rates ($1.44 million to winner).

Defending champion: Louis Oosthuizen (65-67-69-71—272 at

St. Andrews, seven strokes ahead of Lee Westwood).

Last time at Royal St. George's: Ben Curtis in 2003 became the first man since Francis Ouimet at the 1913 U.S. Open to win his first major start, taking the claret jug after Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Sergio Garcia and Thomas Bjorn stumbled home.

TV: ESPN (Thursday-Friday, 4 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sunday, 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m.).

— Jeff Shain

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