The Open swings into action - but did you know?

The Open Championship has teed of in the Home of Golf, St Andrews.

It’s the 144th staging of the competition first won in 1860 at Prestwick by Willie Park Snr.

But did you know? The Old Course is staging its 29th Open. The first held here was in 1873 and won by Tom Kidd.

The last winner here was Louis Oosthuizen in 2010. Oosthuizen is aiming to follow Tiger Woods (2000 and 2005) in winning the Open Championship twice at St Andrews.

Did you know? In 2010 Rory McIlroy opened with a 63 (-9). This was the lowest opening round in Open Championship history.

Did you know? Six of the last ten Opens at St Andrews since 1960 have been won by American players. One of those Americans was Tony Lema, who won in 1964 on his first Open appearance. He is one of ten players to win the open on their debut.

Did you know? Tom Watson is playing his last Open Championship. The Old Course is the only one of the current Open venues in Scotland where the American has not triumphed. He was tied for second in 1984, behind Seve Ballesteros.

Did you know? Sandy Lyle, winner in 1985, will be making his 40th Open Championship appearance. He has played 37 previous Opens as a professional and two as an amateur. He first played in 1974 as a 16-year-old. His second appearance as an amateur was in 1977 and he has played every Open since then.