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British Open capsule preview

141st British Open

When/where: Thursday-July 22; Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Lytham St. Annes, England

Course: Par 70, 7,086 yards

Field: 156 (154 professionals, 2 amateurs)

Purse: About $7.75 million (winner's share about $1.4 million)

Defending champion: Darren Clarke

Last time at Lytham: David Duval started the final round in a four-way tie for the lead and closed with 4-under 67 to capture his first and only major championship at 10-under 274. He won by three over Niclas Fasth.

Notable: Lytham & St. Annes 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.

Key statistic: The past 15 majors have been won by 15 different players, the second-longest streak since the Masters began in 1934.

Television: ESPN — Thursday and Friday, 5 a.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.; Sunday, 6 a.m.

British Open capsule preview 07/14/12 [Last modified: Saturday, July 14, 2012 10:23pm]
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