GULLANE, Scotland -- A brief look at Thursday's opening round of the 131st British Open:
Site: Muirfield, par 71, 7,034 yards.
Defending champion: David Duval.
Purse: $5.3 million.
Winner's share: $980,000.
Last year: Duval won his first major championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, closing with a 4-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over Niclas Fasth.
Open champions at Muirfield: Harold Hilton (1892), Harry Vardon (1896), James Braid (1901, 1906), Ted Ray (1912), Walter Hagen (1929), Alfred Perry (1935), Henry Cotton (1948), Gary Player (1959), Jack Nicklaus (1966), Lee Trevino (1972), Tom Watson (1980), Nick Faldo (1987, 1992).
Grand Slam: Tiger Woods is the first player to win the first two legs of the Grand Slam since Jack Nicklaus in 1972. Nicklaus' bid ended at Muirfield, where Lee Trevino beat him by one shot in the British Open.
Noteworthy: Ben Hogan in 1953 is the only player to win the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open in the same season. The British Open was held the same week as the PGA Championship that year.
Quoteworthy: "Well, we hope Tiger doesn't perform, and then we all will have an opportunity." - Colin Montgomerie.
Playoff, if necessary: Four holes, stroke play.
Television (all times EDT): Thursday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., ESPN. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ABC. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., ABC.
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