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British Open claret jugIn the UK, it's simply called The Open — the world's first established golf championship tournament begun in 1860. Today it is one of the hottest tickets in the world of sport.

This year, as always, the British Open will feature top performances by golf pros who will gather to compete for the historic Claret Jug trophy and the Open's huge $1.5 million prize.

2017 will mark the 146th edition of the British Open, which begins on Thursday, July 20 and climaxes with the final on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England.

2017 British Open US TV schedule
all times US Eastern

Round 1
1:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Golf Channel
Round 2
1:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Golf Channel
Round 3
7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Final Round
7 a.m.-2 p.m.

In the US, this year marks only the second time that NBC will air the British Open since winning TV rights to the championship from ESPN/ABC. Over on cable, the Golf Channel will air the first and second rounds of the tournament while NBC airs the thrid round and final.

While the BBC has been the traditional home of the televised championship they, too, recently lost air rights to Sky Sports which will again televise the British Open in its entirety in the UK in 2017.

On the Web, check out the complete story including player profiles, memorable pictures, stories, video clips, plus related history and trivia on the world's first and foremost golf championship ...

DID YOU KNOW? British Open Fun Facts

Old and young Tom Morris
The oldest winner of the British Open was "Old"
Tom Morris who was 46 when he won in 1867.
His son, "Young" Tom Morris was 17
when he won the following year.

• Legendary British golfing great, Harry Vardon, holds the record for most British Open wins with six -- in 1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, and 1914.

• American golfing great, Jack Nicklaus, named his golf course Muirfield in Ohio after the course where he won his first British Open in 1966.

• Bob Charles was the first first New Zealander - and the first left-handed player - to win the Open in 1963.

• Gary Player has played the British Open more than anyone with 46 appearances. Player further distinguished himself after winning the British Open in 1959, 1968, and 1974 making him the only golfer in the 20th century to win the Open in three different decades.

• Ben Curtis was a PGA rookie ranked no. 396 in the world when he won the British Open in 2003.

• Josh Hutchison was born in England, but he was a naturalized US citizen by the time he won in 1921 to become the first American to win the British Open.

More about the British Open around the Web:

The Open Championship - The official site of the British Open with ticket information and online purchase, video highlights, a daily photo gallery, player biographies, feature articles and historical timeline.

BBC Sport | Golf - You name it, and the Beeb's got it , including the latest updates and television and video highlights, player interviews, photo galleries and interactive games, British Open history and trivia, official rules, golf lingo, travel guides, and don't miss the tongue-in-cheek A-Zee Guide to the British Open for American Visitors.

The Open Championship - Wikipedia - The complete overview including historical highlights, future dates and venues, photos, related references and resources, and a list of winners from 1860 to the present.

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