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LYTHAM, England - (AP) -- Facts and figures for the British Open golf championship:
Event: 141st British Open
Dates: July 19-22
Site: Royal Lytham & St. Annes
Length: 7,086 yards
Field: 156 (154 professionals, 2 amateurs).
Prize money: 5 million pounds (about $7.75 million).
Winner's share: 900,000 pounds (about $1.4 million).
Defending champion: Darren Clarke.
Open champions at Royal Lytham & St. Annes: David Duval (2001), Tom Lehman (1996), Seve Ballesteros (1979, 1988), Gary Player (1974), Tony Jacklin (1969), Bob Charles (1963), Peter Thomson (1958), Bobby Locke (1952), Bobby Jones (1926).
The course: Royal Lytham & St. Annes is filled with distinctions. It is the only links on the Open rotation that begins with a par 3 and ends with six successive par 4s. It is the only links with no open views of the sea, protected on three sides by houses. It is the smallest property among links courses on the rotation, and it has more bunkers -- 206 -- that any of the other courses. The club opened in 1866 and hosted its first Open in 1926, won by Bobby Jones. This year, the sixth hole will be played as a par 4, meaning par for the course will be 70 for the first time.
Key statistic: The last 15 majors have been won by 15 players, the second-longest streak since the Masters began in 1934.