The Open: Key facts and figures

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With the Open Championship kicking off tomorrow at Royal Liverpool, we wanted to give you all of the facts and figures you need to help enjoy the tournament even more.

• The course this week measures 7,312 yards, making it the longest course on the Open rota.

• For those that can understand FedEx Cup points, the winner of the Open will get 600 of them. How much that affects the rankings, very few people will be able to tell you.

• The purse for this week's event is £5.4 million, a slight increase on last year's of £5.25 million, with the winner getting a cool £975,000. Incidentally, if you finish in the top ten, you're guaranteed a six-figure prize and finishing last after the cut will still earn you £12,400.

• Past winners at Royal Liverpool include Walter Hagen (1924), Bobby Jones (1930), Fred Daly (1947), Peter Thomson (1956) and Tiger Woods (2006).

• When Woods won the Open here in 2006, he did so with a score of 270, finishing two shots ahead of runner-up Chris Di Marco.

• When you hear the players talk about avoiding the bunkers, it's easy to work out why. There are 82 of them out there. That's an average of four-and-a-half bunkers per hole.

• After all of the controversy the on-the-day ticket price brought at Muirfield last year, the price of a ticket to attend one of the championship days this year remains steady at £75.

• Come Sunday evening, one player will enter the history books forever more on the 18th green, but that hole may not be as straightforward as some expect. A par-5 measuring 551 yards, it is a left-to-right dogleg, with out of bounds down the right hand side. Strategy will be key and could create some drama in the closing stages on Sunday.

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