Site: St. Andrews (Old Course)
Length: 7,305 yards
Field: 156 players (147 professionals, nine amateurs).
Prize money: 4.8 million British pounds (approximately $7.3 million).
Winner’s share: 850,000 pounds (approximately $1.3 million).
Defending champion: Stewart Cink.
Defending champion at St. Andrews: Tiger Woods.
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).
Rainout: The Champions Challenge of past winners was washed out Wednesday because of weather. The entire prize fund of about $76,000 was donated to the Seve Ballesteros Foundation.
Key statistic: Tiger Woods has never been over par at any point in the British Open at St. Andrews as a professional.
Noteworthy: There are more players from South Korea (8) than Scotland (6) at St. Andrews.
Quoteworthy: “Playing conditions can vary the scoring here so much that it’s impossible to have a score in mind. We’d just like to set the test for these great players that brings out the best in them. And may the best man win.” — R&A chief executive Peter Dawson.
Key tee times: Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Camilo Villegas, 1:09 a.m.; Tom Watson, Ryo Ishikawa, Padraig Harrington, 1:20 a.m.; Phil Mickelson, Colin Montgomerie, Retief Goosen, 6:20 a.m.
Television: Today and Friday, 2 a.m. to noon., ESPN. Saturday, 4 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., ESPN. Sunday, 3 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., ESPN.