The 142nd British Open began early Thursday, around 12:30 a.m. Minnesota time, with ESPN beginning its all-day coverage at 3 a.m.

tournament facts

What: Third golf major of the year.

When: Thursday-Sunday.

Where: Muirfield Golf Club in Gullane, Scotland.

TV: ESPN all four days.

In 2012: Ernie Els won at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

Last time at Muirfield: Els won in 2002, the 15th time the course hosted the event.

Key statistic: Every winner of the British Open at Muirfield after World War II is in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

notable day 1 tee times

3 a.m.: Nick Faldo, Tom Watson and Fred Couples

3:11: Justin Rose, Ernie Els and Brandt Snedeker

3:44: Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Phil Mickelson

8:01: Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel and Sergio Garcia

8:12: Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar and Luke Donald

8:45: Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen

associated press

Inside: British Open notebook and a complete list of tee times. C5