ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) – A brief look at the British Open:

Event: 134th British Open golf championship.

Dates: July 14-17.

Site: The Old Course at St. Andrews.

Length: 7,279 yards.

Par: 72.

Format: 72 holes, stroke play.

Playoff (if necessary): Four holes, stroke play.

Purse: 4 million pounds ($7.3 million)

Winner’s share: 720,000 pounds ($1.3 million)

Defending champion: Todd Hamilton.

Last time at St. Andrews: Tiger Woods never hit into a bunker to win by eight shots at 19-under 269, the lowest score to par ever in a major. At age 24, he became the youngest player to win the career Grand Slam.

Last time for Jack: Jack Nicklaus is playing in his 164th and final major championship.

Noteworthy: Woods won the other three majors where Nicklaus played for the last time.

Quoteworthy: “I’m here as a competitor. And we’ll find out whether that competitor can play through to Sunday and try to do the best he can.” – Jack Nicklaus.

Tee times: (all times EDT): Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Luke Donald, 2:47 a.m.; Tiger Woods, Jose Maria Olazabal, Robert Allenby, 3:20 a.m.; Vijay Singh, Shigeki Maruyama, Jim Furyk, 8:42 a.m.

Television (all times EDT): Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., TNT Sports.


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