SENIOR BRITISH OPEN
Site: Turnberry, Scotland.
Course: Turnberry Resort, Ailsa Course (7,105 yards, par 70).
Purse: $2 million. Winner’s share: $315,000.
Television: ESPN2 (Thursday-Friday, Sunday 9 a.m.-noon) and ESPN (Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon).
Last year: Russ Cochran won at Walton Heath, shooting his second straight 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over Mark Calcavecchia.
Last event: England’s Roger Chapman won the U.S. Senior Open on July 15 to join Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Hale Irwin as the only players to win the tournament and Senior PGA Championship in the same season.
Notes: Tom Watson lost a playoff to Stewart Cink in the 2009 British Open at Turnberry. He won the 1977 British Open and 2003 Senior British Open at the course. The 62-year-old American, a five-time British Open winner and three-time Senior British Open champion, made the cut last week in the British Open. ... Chapman is trying to tie Jack Nicklaus’ record of three senior major victories in a season. Nicklaus accomplished the feat in 1991, winning The Tradition, Senior PGA and U.S. Senior Open. ... Fred Couples is making his first appearance in the event. He won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in March. ... Calcavecchia tied for ninth last week at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. He won the Montreal Championship in June. ... Cochran is sidelined by a back injury.