The 2009 British is now underway at turnberry and to get all you golf nuts in the mood here is some interesting facts about the British Open.
Length: 7,204 yards
Prize money: 4.2 million British pounds
Winner's share: 750,000 pounds
Defending champion: Padraig Harrington
All three British Open champions at Turnberry are in the World Golf Hall of Fame
The British Open features a four-hole playoff for any golfers tied at the end of regulation. It begins on the first hole, and then moves to the 16th, 17th and 18th. If any golfers remained tied at this point, they repeat the 18th hole until there is a winner.
At Royal Lytham and ST Annes in 2001, American David Duval shot a final round of 67 for a three-shot win over Sweden's Niclas Fasth. Ian Woosnam was penalised 2 shots on the final round for carrying an extra club in his bag on the opening hole after his caddie had failed to remove a spare driver after a practice session causing him to finish in a six-way tie for third.
Only three British Open winners, Bill Rogers in 1981, Greg Norman in 1993 and Ben Curtis in 2003, have managed to shoot under par over 72 holes at Royal St George's, which also boasts the deepest bunker in championship golf.
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