Todd Hamilton returns to Royal Troon for 1st time since 2004
TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local to Scotland):
Todd Hamilton is back at Royal Troon for the first time since his improbable British Open triumph a dozen years ago.
Hamilton says he couldn't even remember how to get to the driving range, so he had to ask someone for directions.
Why hasn't he returned before now?
Hamilton says it had nothing to do with superstition. He just ''always wanted to have good memories and didn't want to mess it up by coming here and hitting a drive in a bunker where I shouldn't or three-putting a hole.''
Tiger Woods is sitting out the British Open.
He's still having an impact on players such as Jason Day.
The world's top-ranked golfer says he learned plenty of lessons on mental toughness and course management from Woods, a three-time Open champion who is notably absent from Royal Troon.
Woods is recovering from back surgery and has yet to play in a tournament this year.
According to Day, Woods could usually find a way to stay in contention even when he didn't have his best stuff, and no one was better at pulling away when he was striking the ball well.
Day says he tries to incorporate some of those lessons into his own game.
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.