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British Open 2016: Live updates, scores, leaderboard, highlights and more from Royal Troon

The Open is the game's most unique major and we'll get a traditional links test this week at Royal Troon.

The Open returns to Troon for the first time in 12 years and for its 145th edition. A 156-player field is aiming for the Claret Jug, the oldest and most prestigious trophy in golf. All the best in the world are here for the season's third major, so get your coffee, beer, whatever, and settle in for 50 hours of coverage from Golf Channel and NBC.

This is The Open's seventh trip to Troon, tying the club for the seventh-most Opens of any course to be in The Open rota. The Open's last visit there was in 2004, when long-shot Todd Hamilton won the championship by beating Ernie Els in a four-hole aggregate playoff. The '97 Troon victor Justin Leonard and 1989 champ Mark Calcavecchia are also on hand, still cashing in that exemption a past champion holds until he's 60 years old.

Some of us here think this is the best major in golf. There's little debating it's the most unique of the four, from the middle-of-the-night golf to the links-style setup. Here's a quick primer and place we'll update with results throughout the weekend.

First round results and highlights

The first round was "a miracle," as Beef Johnston put it, with the sun shining and the wind absent. The scoring conditions were perfect and definitely the best of what these players will face this week at Royal Troon. After the "big three" went out early, a 46-year-old Phil Mickelson owned the stage late and damn near made history. Mickelson had about 15 feet to shoot 62, a number that has never been posted in the history of the four men's major championships. There have been 27 rounds of 63, but never 62.

Well, Phil became the 28th after a cruel lip-out on that final putt. It was brutal to watch and left him feeling "heartbroken" about a round that put him three shots clear of the field after the first 18 holes. Some other highlights from the opening day at Troon:

The Postage Stamp, at just 120 yards, crushed hopes and dreams.

Miguel Angel Jimenez made his 2016 majors debut, and promptly holed out and danced in the fairway.

Matt Jones executed a perfect club toss after launching a drive off the property and onto some train tracks.

Louis Oosthuizen recorded our first ace, and his second in a major THIS YEAR.

Bubba Watson drove the green on a par-4 and the group ahead had to look out.

Second round results and highlights

Following ideal weather conditions on Thursday, traditional Open Championship weather arrived Friday at Royal Troon. Players -- especially in the afternoon wave -- were forced to play through heavy rain and high winds gusting up to 40 mph. It was a struggle for many with the red numbers on Thursday quickly drying up

Phil Mickelson didn't come close to matching his opening round of 63, but he did play well enough to post another round under par. He shot a 69 to remain in the lead heading into the weekend. Henrik Stenson trimmed Mickelson's lead and is just one shot behind as he chases his first major.

Here are some of the highlights from a very wet second round:

The afternoon wave got the short end of the weather draw on Friday.

Steve Stricker needed a search party to find his golf ball.

Phil Mickelson wore a binder clip to keep his hat on.

This is a good lesson how not to putt at Royal Troon.

Third round results and highlights

Moving day at Royal Troon was mostly a two-man show. Phil Mickelson opened the round with a one-shot lead over Henrik Stenson. The two traded the lead during the round and were tied coming down the stretch. Eventually Stenson took over the lead for good thanks to a two-shot swing at No. 17. This is the first time Stenson has ever held the 54-hole lead at a major championship.

While Mickelson and Stenson battled each other, they also distanced themselves from the rest of the field. A few players turned in solid rounds, but no one was close to making a significant charge to challenge the leaders. Bill Haas carded a 2-under round of 69 to move to 6-under. He's still well off the lead heading into the final round. Only 17 players are under par heading into the final round.

Here are some highlights from moving day:

Mickelson makes incredible par save from a bush.

Jordan Spieth cites wrong end of draw for poor Open play.

Even Jason Day is not immune to the shanks.

Bubba hits it onto the train tracks AGAIN.

Angry Rory smashes his club into pieces.

2016 Open field

Dustin Johnson is probably the hottest player in the world right now, coming off a win at Oakmont last month and a win at the prestigious WGC-Bridgestone Invitational two weeks after that. Can he make it three in a row?

Jason Day turned it on a bit too late to win the the U.S. Open, but he's still playing well as No. 1 in the world and a co-favorite with DJ. Sergio Garcia is expected to make a run yet again, and that bandwagon is overflowing this week. Jordan Spieth is here, as are Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and all the rest of the top stars. Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler haven't exactly had their best games recently, missing both major cuts this year. But this is the most unpredictable major and things can turn quickly and on something so simple as the luck of your tee time..

Here's the full 156-man field and a breakdown of how each player earned a spot in the oldest major in golf. The R&A likes to think this is the most truly "open" championship, offering up qualifying opportunities all across the globe over many months.

Tee Times

The final round is set with all eyes on Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson. The duo will make up the final pairing, set to tee off shortly after 9 a.m. ET. The question on Sunday will be can anyone in the field make a serious run to put some pressure of the final pairing or whether it will just be a two-man show on Sunday.

Here is a look at the final few pairings in the final round:

7:55 a.m.: Rory McIlroy, Emiliano Grillo
8:05 a.m.: Webb Simpson, Gary Woodland
8:15 a.m.: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Zach Johnson
8:25 a.m.: Kevin Na, Dustin Johnson
8:35 a.m.: Jim Herman, Tyrrell Hatton
8:45 a.m.: Keegan Bradley, Charl Schwartzel
8:55 a.m.: Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed
9:05 a.m.: Soren Kjeldsen, Tony Finau
9:15 a.m.: Steve Stricker, J.B. Holmes
9:25 a.m.: Andrew Johnston, Bill Haas
9:35 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson

The course

Troon played 1.21 strokes above par during the 2004 Open. It's got some petrifying bunkers (96 in total) and is a stiff test of links golf.

It's a different place than it was in 2004, but only slightly. Every hole plays at a very minimally different yardage than it did then, and some tee box angles and green sizes have changed.

Troon hosted the Amateur Championship in 2012, and wet conditions softened up the golf course and made it easier than the club's administrators wanted it. So course manager Billy McLachlan and his staff swapped out a sand-soil course base for one made purely of sand, which retains less moisture. The idea is to make Troon play firm and fast, which favors long drivers with strong wedge games. (Hello, DJ.)

In total, the course's yardage is 7,190 – exactly 15 yards longer than it was in 2004. Interestingly, the shortest par-4 hole on the inward nine is longer than the longest on the outward nine. You must make your birdies on the fist nine before making that turn.

Leaderboard

Saturday was a two-man show with Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson pulling away from the field. Stenson was able to pry the lead away from Mickelson, but the two are separated by just a shot heading into the final round. Barring a huge run from someone back off the lead or both Mickelson and Stenson collapsing, it appears the Claret Jug will be a head-to-head battle on Sunday.

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Royal Troon's Postage Stamp Hole

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