PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Facts and figures for the British Open golf championship:
Event: 148th Open Championship.
Dates: July 18-21.
Site: Royal Portrush.
The course: The club dates to a nine-hole course in 1888, expanding to 18 holes a year later. Harry Colt designed the Dunluce Links in 1929. Royal Portrush in 1951 hosted the only British Open not held in Scotland or England. To allow for the size of the championship, two holes from the Valley Links were used to create a new seventh and eighth holes on the Dunluce Links, while the previous 17th and 18th holes are now the site of the tented village.
Field: 156 players.
Playoff (if necessary): 3 holes, aggregate score.
Prize money: $10.75 million.
Winner’s share: $1,935,000.
Defending champion: Francesco Molinari.
Last year: Francesco Molinari became the first Italian to win a major when he closed with a 2-under 69, playing the final 37 holes without a bogey at Carnoustie. A birdie on the final hole gave him a two-shot victory. Tiger Woods briefly had the lead on Sunday. Jordan Spieth had a share of the 54-hole lead and didn’t make a birdie…