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FOUR-DAY WEATHER FORECAST

Players who hoped, like Colin Montgomerie, for inclement weather at this week's Open Championship are likely to be disappointed.

The forecast from the Glasgow Weather Centre for Royal Troon over the next four days is for dry, sunny periods with a risk of light showers. Most importantly, the winds, from the North-west and West, will be light to moderate at around 15mph.

This will make the the outward, shorter, half downwind, making the prospect of low scores more likely. The first green, the 364-yard Seal, also comes within range of the bigger hitters. And the longest man off the tee in the field? Tiger Woods.

THIS YEAR'S PRIZE MONEY

1 pounds 250,000 11 pounds 31,000

2 pounds 175,000 12 pounds 29,000

3 pounds 125,000 13 pounds 27,000

4 pounds 90,000 14 pounds 25,000

5 pounds 70,000 15 pounds 23,000

6 pounds 55,000 16 pounds 21,000

7 pounds 46,000 17 pounds 19,000

8 pounds 40,000 18 pounds 18,000

9 pounds 36,000 19 pounds 17,000

10 pounds 33,000 20 pounds 16,000

All those who survive the half-way cut (top 70 players plus ties) receive a minimum of pounds 4,000, nearly three times what Arnold Palmer picked up for winning at Troon in 1962. All those who play receive a minimum of pounds 650, eight times what Arnold Havers earned for winning the first Troon Open in 1923.

THE TROON

CHAMPIONS

1923 Arnold Havers 73-73-73-76 =295

1950 Bobby Locke 69-72-70-68 =279

1962 Arnold Palmer 71-69-67-69 = 276

1973 Tom Weiskopf 68-67-71-70 = 276

1982 Tom Watson 69-71-74-70 = 284

1989 Mark Calcavecchia* 71-68-68-68 = 275

(*won after play-off)

THE LAST 10 CHAMPIONS

1987 Nick Faldo (GB)

1988 Seve Ballesteros (Sp)

1989 Mark Calcavecchia*

1990 Nick Faldo (GB)

1991 Ian Baker-Finch (Aus)

1992 Nick Faldo (GB)

1993 Greg Norman (Aus)

1994 Nick Price (Zim)

1995 John Daly (US)

1996 Tom Lehman (US)

(*won after play-off)

TV TIMES

Live coverage

BBC2: 10.30am-12.30pm; 1pm-3.05; BBC1: 3pm-4pm; BBC2: 4pm-7.30pm.

Highlights

9pm-9.40pm (BBC2)

HOW TO GET THERE

By car or coach: From North and East use A77 and A71. From South use M6, A74, A75, A76 and A77 or A74, A71 and A77. From Glasgow use A77 or A736 and A78.

By train: Scotrail run Golflink service from selected Scottish stations. Shuttle bus service connects Troon Station with golf course.

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