Defending Open champ Zach Johnson turns in claret jug
TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local to Scotland):
Zach Johnson has turned in the claret jug.
The defending British Open champion held the silver trophy for the past year after winning a three-man playoff at St. Andrews. He describes the turnover as a bittersweet moment, but one that he hopes will give him motivation going into this week's tournament at Royal Troon.
During his time with the jug, Johnson took it everywhere from the club where he grew up learning the game to the 50-yard line of Kinnick Stadium, home of the American football team at the University of Iowa. To close things out, Johnson filled the jug with wine for one final toast with his buddies.
Johnson handed the trophy over to Royal & Ancient chief Martin Slumbers. It was taken away by a pair of security guards, to be held in a safe place until it's given out late Sunday evening to the next Open champion.
Colin Montgomerie gets to hit the opening tee shot at Royal Troon in what likely will be his final British Open.
Montgomerie's father was a longtime secretary at Royal Troon, so this effectively is his home course on the Open rotation. The 53-year-old Scot went through final local qualifying to make it back to golf's oldest championship.
Montgomerie will be joined in the first group at 6:35 a.m. Thursday with Luke Donald and Marc Leishman, who lost in a playoff at St. Andrews last year.
Jason Day, the world's No. 1 player, has been drawn with Rickie Fowler and Masters champion Danny Willett.
U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson plays with Martin Kaymer and Russell Knox.
Jordan Spieth is with Justin Rose and Shane Lowry.
Rory McIlroy is with Bubba Watson and Hideki Matsuyama.