The Open Championship returns to Royal Birkdale for the 10th time this week, the first since Padraig Harrington's remarkable second straight victory in 2008. Conditions played a key factor nine years ago, and most certainly will again at the 146th playing of the Open Championship. Over 150 players look to raise the Claret Jug on Sunday, sixteen of them past champions, including Phil Mickelson, making his return to a major championship after withdrawing from the U.S. Open. Defending Champion Golfer of the Year Henrik Stenson is also in the field.
The Golf Channel will carry live coverage Thursday and Friday from 1:30 AM to 4:00 PM, and on Saturday and Sunday from 4:30 AM to 7:00 AM. NBC will provide coverage on Saturday and Sunday starting at 7:00 AM.