Johnson could emulate Harrington and Americans out to continue dominance - the best pre-Open stats

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Royal Troon will play host to The Open this week, with 156 players hoping to secure one of the most iconic prizes in sport, the Claret Jug.

Ahead of the opening round in Ayrshire on Thursday, we take a look at a selection of Opta facts relating to the year's third major championship.

 

- This is the 145th edition of The Open Championship, the oldest of all golf majors. Royal Troon is hosting the event for the ninth time.

- Todd Hamilton won the last Open Championship at Troon 12 years ago. In fact, the last six winners at the south Ayrshire course have been American: Arnold Palmer (1962), Tom Weiskopf (1973), Tom Watson (1982), Mark Calcavecchia (1989), Justin Leonard (1997), and Hamilton (2004).

- Hamilton has failed to record a top-30 finish in 11 Open appearances since his victory at Troon, missing the cut on eight occasions.

- Five of the last six Opens at Troon have been won by a score of 10 under or better. The exception came in 1982 when a four-under total was enough for Watson to secure the Claret Jug for a fourth time.

- Only four nations have produced Open winners since 2000. There have been nine American victories, three wins by South Africans and two triumphs for golfers from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

- Zach Johnson - victorious at St Andrews last year - can become the first player to win The Open in successive years since Padraig Harrington in 2007 and 2008. Johnson has three top-10 finishes in his last four appearances at the event.

- World number one Jason Day has claimed top-10 finishes in 52 per cent of his major appearances, including each of the last five. However, he had not placed inside the top 25 at The Open prior to tying for fourth at St Andrews last year.

- Jordan Spieth's performances at the Open have improved year on year: He finished in a tie for 44th in 2013, tied-36th in 2014 and joint-fourth last year, one shot off the lead.

- Dustin Johnson broke his major duck at the U.S. Open last month. He has six top-10 finishes in his last eight major appearances.

- Australia's Marc Leishman is the only player to have finished in the top five in each of the last two Opens, while Adam Scott has managed four top-10s in a row.