The British Open is never a walk in the park, and the seaside links at Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland will be a big challenge for the best golfers in the world. To get you ready for the renowned tournament, we at OddsShark have provided a list of facts and trends about Royal Troon and the event itself.
The British Open is the only major golf tournament staged outside of North America.
Willie Park won the inaugural tournament in 1860.
Royal Troon has been around since 1870. Back then, it's believed the course consisted of only four or five holes.
This is the ninth time the Open has been staged at Royal Troon.
The par 3 eighth hole, named Postage Stamp, is only 123 yards long - the shortest hole in British Open history.
In 2004, the last time the Open was staged at Royal Troon, the eighth hole was one of only three holes to average below par.
Length off the tee is important at this course. None of the top six finishers in 2004 ranked worse than 15th for driving distance.
Five of the last six British Open winners participated in the Scottish Open.
Ten of the previous 11 Open winners have finished in sixth place or better in their most recent time playing in the tournament.
Since 2000, only four winners hadn't won on either the PGA Tour or the European Tour in the 12 months prior to the event.
Experience is invaluable at this tournament. Seven of the last 10 winners at the Open have been aged 35 or more.
Since 2000, only three men went on to win the Open without playing in the event at least six times or finishing in the top six in their career.
The last six Open winners at Royal Troon have been from the United States.
Only one of the last 12 Open champions have been outside the top 10 on the leaderboard after the conclusion of the first-round.