By the numbers: US Open golf championship 
One fact: Tiger Woods is playing in the U.S. Open for the first time in three years, marking his road to redemption. AP

FACTS and figures for the 118th U.S. Open golf championship, which starts Thursday (Friday, Manila time) in Southampton, New York:

Site: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

Length: 7,445 yards.

Par: 70 (35-35).

Cut: Top 60 players and ties.

Playoff (if necessary): Two-hole aggregate immediately after 72 holes are completed.

Field: 156 players (136 professionals, 20 amateurs).

Purse: $12 million. Winner's share: $2.16 million.

Defending champion: Brooks Koepka.

U.S. Open champions at Shinnecock Hills: James Foulis (1896), Raymond Floyd (1986), Corey Pavin (1995), Retief Goosen (2004).

Tiger tales: Tiger Woods is playing the U.S. Open for the first time since 2015. Woods has not finished closer than three shots off the lead in a major since his last major championship 10 years ago at Torrey Pines.

Key statistic: Martin Kaymer is the only U.S. Open champion to play in the last group in the last six years.

Noteworthy: Different players have won the last 15 U.S. Opens, the longest current stretch of any of the four majors.

Quoteworthy: "That's what people would like to see in this tournament, is that guys are tested to the ends of their ability, to whether they can cope or not, and I think that's part of the charm ... not charm, but part of the allure of this tournament." — Justin Rose.

Key tee times Thursday: Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson at 8:02 a.m.; Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas at 1:47 p.m.

Television (all times EDT): Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (FS1), 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (FOX); Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (FOX); Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (FOX).

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